US warship angers Beijing sailing into disputed South China Sea

Destroyer Preble of United States sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea on Sunday and second such military operation in it.

The operation is viewed as an attempt of US to counter China’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in strategic waters.

China has been claiming all of the strategic South China Sea and similarly Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei have competing claims in the region.

Washington has earlier claimed Beijing is militarizing the South China Sea with its military installations on reefs and artificial islands while China defends it as an important step in self-defense.

Last month Beijing said Washington is responsible for ratcheting up tension by sending military planes and warships in the region.

The South China Sea is a busy waterway and it is also a flashpoint in bitter relationships between the two global super powers.

The operation is viewed as an attempt of US to counter China’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in strategic waters.

The two nations have been locked in trade disputes for months and on Friday the Trump administration blacklisted Huawei and 67 of its affiliates scattered across 26 countries with immediate effect to curtail access of the technology company’s US suppliers.

US military’s Seventh Fleet spokesman Commander Clay Doss meanwhile said, “Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law.”

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