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US Navy ship into waters adjacent to the Second Thomas Shoal | Credits: Reuters
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China accuses US Navy of illegal entry into South China Sea waters

United States: The military of China has accused the US Navy of illegal entry of a ship into waters adjacent to the Second Thomas Shoal on Monday, according to the reports by Reuters. It is to be known that the Shoal is one of the disputed South China Sea atolls, which has witnessed several maritime confrontations.   

While talking to the news agency, a Chinese spokesperson for the Southern Theater of Operations blamed the United States for disrupting the South China Sea and violating the sovereignty of China.

The anonymous spokesperson was quoted saying, “The US seriously undermined regional peace and stability.”

What were the concerns of China?

According to the reports by the news agency Reuters, the Chinese military expressed that the US ships were monitoring the waters adjacent to Renai Reef (called by China), formerly known as the Second Thomas Shoal – which is a part of Spratly Islands.

Map representation of Second Thomas Shoal | Credits: Voa

It is to be noted that the Renai Reef is located in the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, according to the 2016 tribunal ruling by the United Nations.

According to a spokesperson of the Chinese military, the vessel (of the United States) was closely monitored and followed and Chinese “troops in the theater are on high alert at all times to resolutely defend national sovereignty,” the reports by Reuters claimed.

In this regard, a US Navy personnel stated, “We will not be deterred from continuing to work alongside our allies and partners in support of our shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

What was the response by the US Navy? 

According to the US Navy, USS Gabrielle Giffords – an independent-class littoral combat ship, was into the international waters to conduct routine operations in the South China Sea. The Navy force further emphasized that the ship operations were consistent with international law.

Vessel of the US Navy | Credits: US Navy

The statement by the US Navy read, “Every day, the US 7th Fleet operates in the South China Sea, as they have for decades. These operations demonstrate we are committed to upholding a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”

Chinese disputes with neighbors over extensive claims of territorial waters

China has been facing disputes with several neighboring countries because of its extensive claims about the territorial waters in the South China Sea, the reports by Reuters stated.

The Chinese authorities have engaged in various water disputes in recent months. According to the reports, recently, the authorities protested about the patrolling by the US ships in the disputed areas.

Additionally, China has also had several clashes with the Philippine vessels.

Several reports have highlighted that two vessels were deployed by the Philippine Coast Guard in the South China Sea after witnessing the “alarming” increase in the Chinese maritime militia vessels in the exclusive economic zone.  

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