USA says Chinese destroyer came dangerously close to United States ship

USA says Chinese destroyer came dangerously close to United States ship

USA says Chinese destroyer came dangerously close to United States ship

A US Navy vessel, the USS Decatur, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson reefs in the disputed South China Sea on Sunday, prompting China to send a destroyer close to the US warship, almost resulting in a collision. A Chinese navy vessel carried out identification and verification procedures of the USS Decatur in accordance with law and warned it, Wu Qian, spokesperson with the Ministry of National Defence said in a statement.

"Guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur conducted a freedom of..." The Chinese destroyer came closer than half a football field from the Decatur's bow, forcing the USA ship to maneuver to avoid impact, Gorman said.

The Chinese defence ministry says it opposes the U.S. warship's entry into the waters "around China's islands and reefs". The operation was conducted to "uphold the rights and freedoms of all states under global law".

Washington has blasted Beijing for its island-building in the South China Sea, fearing the outposts could be used to restrict free movement in the waterway.

Military tensions between the USA and China have been rising as a worsening trade war prompts concern in Beijing over whether President Donald Trump's latest tariffs are part of a broader plan to stop the country from eroding American dominance of the Asia-Pacific region.

"The Chinese side strongly urges the U.S. side to immediately correct its mistakes and stop such provocative operations", Hua said, adding that China would take all necessary measures to safeguard its national sovereignty and security.

The USS Decatur, a guided-missile destroyer, was conducting a freedom of navigation operation in in the South China Sea, a USA defense official told Fox News in a statement.

If markets have been blissfully ignorant of potential fallout from the simmering US-China trade dispute (even if corporate executives are bracing for the worst), just imagine how they would react to the reality of a military confrontation.

The U.S. military last sailed a warship within 12 nautical miles of a contested Chinese island in May, the internationally recognized territorial boundary. "As we have for decades, our forces will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere worldwide law allows".

Tuesday's statement, unusual in clearly announcing the run-in with the Chinese vessel, reaffirmed that the USA would not halt its operations in the area.

The Chinese ship "conducted a series of increasingly aggressive maneuvers accompanied by warnings for Decatur to depart the area", Gorman said.

Media reports at the time citing USA officials called the incident a highly unusual and deliberate act by Beijing.

China said it drove away a U.S. Navy warship that sailed close to a Chinese-occupied feature in the disputed South China Sea, in the latest show of tensions between the countries amid their escalating trade war.

US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress heavy long-range bombers flew through both the East and South China Sea last week.

Plans for U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to visit China in October for talks were scrapped in recent days, with conflicting reports as to who cancelled them.

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