China says US patrols raise tensions in Taiwan Strait | South China Sea News

China angered by second US “freedom of navigation train” this month in Asia Pacific waters.

China’s Ministry of Defence has accused the US of taking “safety dangers” and disrupting the soundness of the Taiwan Strait when it sailed a guided-missile destroyer via the waterway earlier this week.

Colonel Shi Yi, a spokesperson for the Folks’s Liberation Military Jap Theatre Command, mentioned in a statement on Wednesday that China had tracked the USS Benfold from the US seventh Fleet from the ocean and the sky throughout its journey on Tuesday.

The US usually sends naval patrols via the 180km-wide Taiwan Strait to say worldwide legislation on the liberty of navigation and to point out help for Taiwan, a self-ruled democracy claimed by China.

Below the UN Conference on the Legislation of the Sea, a nation’s sovereign territorial waters prolong 12 nautical miles (22.2km) from the shoreline.

China claims each the Strait’s waters off its shoreline and people off Taiwan. In recent times, it has moved to outline your entire waterway as its territorial waters.

The US seventh Fleet mentioned its train on Tuesday was performed “in accordance with worldwide legislation” and “via a hall within the Strait that’s past the territorial sea of any coastal state” in a tacit reference to China.

Either side exchanged comparable barbs final week when the USS Benfold sailed close to the Parcel Islands within the South China Sea in a separate “freedom of navigation train”.

A few of the archipelago’s small islands are occupied by China, however they’re additionally claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan.

China additionally claims a lot of the South China Sea, elements of that are additionally claimed by Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines.

In the meantime, an enormous six-week regional navy train led by the US Navy additionally hit the midway mark this week, in line with the US Naval Institute.

The Rim of the Pacific train, also called RIMPAC, entails 14 international locations this 12 months, together with South Korea, Australia and Japan.

The workouts are held within the waters round California and Hawaii and are resulting from conclude on August 4.