Earlier this week, we reported that military tensions between the United States and China had increased over islands and waters claimed by China.
The Spratly islands are closer to the Philippines, Brunei and Vietnam than they are to China and yet the Chinese have claimed the islands as their own along with the waters surrounding them.
The United States and many other nations, including the Philippines, dispute China’s claim and made a display of that by sailing a US warship within 13 miles of the disputed islands.
It’s now being reported that a Chinese warship executed a very dangerous maneuver, bringing far too close of the US Warship.
(Express) – A CHINESE WARSHIP nearly collided with a US destroyer in an “unsafe and unprofessional encounter”, forcing the US vessel to change course in the contested waters of the South China Sea, a US official has said.
The USS Decatur was sailing past the Gaven and Johnson reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands, which China has laid claim to, when tensions mounted.
It was the latest attempt to counter what the US sees as China’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the disputed territory.
Tensions have been growing between Beijng and Washington over the so-called trade war with Donald Trump and the American sail-by sparked outrage in China.
The Chinese warship’s “unsafe” manoeuvre almost caused a collision, according to a US official…
The Chinese warship came within 45 yards of the USS Decatur and some are claiming that is not that close.
Let remind you that this is less than half a football field in distance.
Secondly, large ships just don’t stop or turn that quickly in water as many people are used to on land.
The distance between the two ships was extremely dangerous and could be taken as an overt act of aggression by the Chinese navy.
One has to wonder if they are trying to incite a war with the US?
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