US says Chinese destroyer came dangerously close to US ship

US says Chinese destroyer came dangerously close to US ship

Kerry Wise
October 5, 2018

The Chinese "destroyer approached within 41 metres of Decatur's bow, after which Decatur manoeuvred to prevent a collision".

Gorman said that the USA would "continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere global law allows".

"This was very risky". "The U.S. ship was identified and verified according to the law, and warned it and drove it away".

Forty-five yards is even closer than US warships try to keep during underway replenishments with a supply ship to receive stores or fuel at-sea, where the optimal separation is between 150 and 180 feet.

This tense incident comes amid rising tensions between naval powers. Further angering those countries, and the US, Beijing has moved aggressively to build reefs into artificial islands capable of hosting military planes.

The U.S. accused China's navy of "unsafe and unprofessional" conduct near a Chinese occupied reef in the disputed South China Sea, in the latest show of tensions between the countries amid their escalating trade war. The USS Decatur passed within 12 nautical miles of two reefs in the Spratly Islands, on a "freedom of navigation" mission on Sunday, CBS News reported.

"The Chinese military resolutely opposes such actions", he said, adding that his country had indisputable sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea and their adjacent waters.

China, Hua said, "will take all necessary measures to defend its national sovereignty and security".

China said the criticism was groundless and the pilot had kept a safe distance.

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However, the US disagrees with this version of events and claims a much more sinister meeting occurred, with US Navy officials calling the manoeuvre "unsafe and unprofessional".

Mattis had originally planned to visit the Chinese capital to meet with senior Chinese officials to discuss security issues. The cancellation was later confirmed by the US.

Sunday's incident took place at a tenth that range, making it one of the most unsafe incidents between USA and Chinese warships since tensions began building in the South China Sea. "But I think he probably respects me", Trump said.

China has not yet commented on the matter. They are republished from a number of sources, and are not produced by MintPress News.

"They do not want me or us to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade", Trump said.

"How could you negotiate with someone when he puts a knife on your neck?"

Beijing last month refused a USA warship entry to Hong Kong, and its top naval officer canceled a high-level meeting with his US counterpart.

The U.S. also recently put into place sanctions on China's Equipment Development Department, as well as its director, because of aircraft and missile purchases it made this year from a Russian arms exporter.