Translated by: MOS Education Team – Wintermfall

On January 20th, according to Arab News, the Southern Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army claimed that a U.S. aircraft carrier illegally sailed into the territorial waters of the CCP without permission, violating the CCP’s sovereignty and that naval and air forces followed and warned the ship. This is the latest incident of another conflict between the U.S. and the CCP in the disputed waters.

The U.S. Navy stated that the Benfold “asserted navigation rights and freedoms in the vicinity of the Paracel Island, consistent with international law.” The CCP has established military outposts on artificial islands in the water, which are crossed by vital shipping lanes and also contain gas fields and rich fishing grounds. Communist China claimed vast swaths of the South China Sea, however, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines all have overlapping claims.

U.S. official stance on sovereignty in the South China Sea is that the United States has not asserted sovereignty in the area, but has urged that territorial disputes over sovereignty shall be resolved in accordance with international law. The U.S. and the CCP have high opinion divergence on the rights of foreign forces under international law. In response, the U.S. military rejected CCP’s unlawful so-called “territorial claim,” and believed that its aircraft carrier has been operating within the bounds of international law. The South China Sea has become one of many flashpoints in the testy relationship between the CCP and the United States and will remain in the international spotlight.

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