Tensions between the US and China are deepening after

Tensions between the US and China are deepening after


Beijing is currently reacting after an American destroyer sailed on Wednesday, July 13, near the Paracel Islands. Thus, the Chinese authorities say that the ship was expelled after entering its territorial waters illegally.

In this context, the US Navy said that the destroyer USS Benfold “exercised the right and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea near the Paracel Islands, in accordance with international law.”

The US regularly conducts what it calls freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea, according to information transmitted by reuters.com

China says it does not restrict freedom of navigation or overflight

Thus, “Illegitimate and exhaustive maritime claims in the South China Sea pose a serious threat to the freedom of the seas, including freedom of navigation and overflight, free trade and unrestricted trade, and the freedom of economic opportunities for nations bordering the South China Sea.” “, Transmitted the American navy.

For its part, China claims that it does not restrict freedom of navigation or overflight, accusing the US of deliberately causing tensions, according to the source.

In fact, the command of the southern theater of action of the People’s Liberation Army said that the actions of the American ship would have seriously violated China’s sovereignty and security by illegally entering China’s territorial waters around the Paracel Islands, also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan.

Thus, “The command organized the naval and air forces to track, supervise, warn and drive away. The facts show once again that the United States is only a “risk factor for security in the South China Sea” and a “destroyer of regional peace and stability,” the command of the People’s Liberation Army’s southern theater of action said.

China took control of the Paracel Islands in 1974 from the then South Vietnamese government.

At the same time, Monday marked six years since the international tribunal’s decision to invalidate Beijing’s radical claims to the South China Sea, a $ 3 trillion-a-year maritime trade route.

He notes that the Chinese authorities have never accepted this decision. China has built artificial islands in some of its possessions in the South China Sea, including airports, which has raised regional concerns about Beijing’s intentions, Reuters notes.