Us Patroling Ship Passed Through South China Sea, China Claims Missile Guided Vessel Pushed Back – South China Sea
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The US Navy on Wednesday sent a destroyer ship off Chinese-held islands in the disputed South Sea. On the other hand, China said that it has pushed back this warship. Due to this, there is a possibility of increasing tension in the area once again.
The US has said that it has sailed the missile-guided destroyer USS Benfold through a strategic sea route as part of territorial independence. The ship crossed the Paracel Islands and passed through the South China Sea. Such operations are seen as vital for the US Navy to maintain its presence in the Indo-Pacific. Here China has increased its presence on a large scale through ships. Tensions have increased between the US and China in this water area. China has claimed to have pushed back the American ship, saying that the US should desist from inciting regional tensions.
Blinken gave a warning just a day ago
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned China to abide by the 2016 accord. Rejecting Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, Blinken said Washington is obliged to defend the Philippines if Chinese military ships or air strikes occur in disputed waters.
Chinese boats in disputed area
China has been continuously sending its aircraft carriers and naval boats to the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Brunei, Taiwan, Malaysia and Vietnam have been opposing it, including the Philippines. All the claimant countries have also said that there are reports of Chinese boats assaulting fishermen in their region. America has warned China on this issue to give up its aggressive behavior.