China Ticked Off by US "Provocation" in SCS

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  1. Falcon

    Falcon Major Staff Member Social Media Team

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    'Serious military provocation': China angered by US presence in South China Sea

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    The passage of a US warship close to a disputed island in the South China Sea was a “serious political and military provocation”, Beijing said, one that could further strain relations between the superpowers

    The destroyer, the USS Stethem, sailed less than 12 nautical miles from tiny Triton Island in the Paracel Islands archipelago, which is claimed by China as well as Taiwan and Vietnam, a US official said.

    The distance is commonly accepted as constituting the territorial waters of a landmass.

    The operation, meant to demonstrate freedom of navigation in disputed waters, came just hours before a scheduled phone call between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

    State media reported that Xi told US Trump bilateral relations were “affected by some negative factors”, following a series of US actions that angered Beijing.

    Read it here........
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...ina-angered-by-us-presence-in-south-china-sea
     
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    The answer on provocation should be another provocation - Chinese drills somewhere near "disputed" Hawai islands.
     
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    Something like that would put the US public on watch, the Chinese could explain to the public that it is simply doing what the US is doing to China. This could result in a liberal anti-war rhetoric against Trump and may affect US policy in the Pacific, similar to Vietnam War effect.
     
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