On Monday 7 January 2019, the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyer destroyer – the USS McCampbell – made a maritime freedom mission, traveling within 12 nautical miles. of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. This action is part of the US Pacific Fleet’s freedom of navigation campaign, to challenge Beijing’s maritime claims.
This is a familiar activity of the US Navy, in response to China’s request that foreign vessels must perform a pre-emptive notification obligation in the 12 nautical mile area of the pants. Paracel Islands. Notably, on Phu Lam Island in Woody Island, there are more than 1,000 Chinese soldiers occupied, the same airport can receive hard-wing fighters.
Earlier, China’s Foreign Ministry condemned the US action. Spokesman of the US State Department spoke to the US immediately to stop provocative activities. Luc Khau said that the USS McCampbell’s rehearsal had a serious violation of Chinese sovereignty. The Chinese side said it would be vigilant and closely monitor the situation at sea and in the air to protect what is said to be China’s sovereignty and security.
Last year, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army destroyer tried to stop a US Navy destroyer, which was carrying out a maritime freedom mission in the Spratly Islands. According to the US Navy, there was a time when the Chinese ship was just over 12 meters away from the US bow, forcing the US ship to divert to avoid collisions.
Most recently, Chinese-American officials met in Beijing to conduct the first trade negotiations – since Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald J.Trump met at the Association. 2018 G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The continued deployment of US Navy missions by the US Navy shows that political calculations will not change the US position in carrying out these activities.
Although not all maritime freedom missions are public, the most recent maritime freedom operation that the US Navy carried out was in November 2018, when the USS Chancellorsville moved near the pants. Paracel Islands. This activity is the continuation of the mission of the USS Decatur in the Spratly Islands – which almost led to a collision.