U.S. Destroyer Challenges More Chinese South China Sea Claims in New Freedom of Navigation Operation

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    By: Sam LaGrone
    January 30, 2016 10:37 AM • Updated: January 30, 2016 12:41 PM

    An American guided missile destroyer conducted a freedom of navigation operation within 12 nautical miles of a disputed island claimed by China in the South China Sea Paracel island chain, Pentagon officials confirmed to USNI News on Saturday morning.

    USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) came within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island in the Paracels — without prior notification — in an early Saturday morning operation local time (late Friday night EST), according to a statement from the Department of Defense.


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    CNN)The U.S. Navy sent a ship near a contested island in the South China Sea on Saturday to challenge "excessive maritime claims that restrict the rights and freedoms of the United States and others," a U.S. Defense Department spokesman told CNN.

    "This operation challenged attempts by the three claimants, China, Taiwan and Vietnam,
    to restrict navigation rights and freedoms around the features they claim by policies that require prior permission or notification of transit within territorial seas," Cmdr. Bill Urban said.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/30/asia/us-navy-south-china-sea/
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    For real China, your claim is too big. You can't claim an area of that magnitude in the SCS. It is out of your EEZ and way far away from the standard 12 nmi of national waters.

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    They want control of the world's biggest Shipping lanes and the gas in the SCS.

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    I feel like there's a ton of misconceptions about the these Freedom of Navigation ops when talking to people. All too often it's, "but the US wont stop China from building islands no matter if it sails though disputed waters or not! Hahahaha, the US is weak - China stronk!!!111!!!"

    But that's not their point. The point of Freedom of Navigation ops isn't to stop islands from being built, but to stop or impede them from interfering or impeding with traffic in international space, which includes the waters around islands not recognized by international maritime laws.

    Same stuff the US was doing with the Soviet Union:

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    No one is trying to stop China from building, just letting them know that the international community wont allow those islands to interfere with traffic in international waters or airspace

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    And there's a great story on US versus Soviet Freedom of Navigation battles here.

    The US was playing this game with the Soviets long before China became a player on the international chessboard.
     
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