U.S. Navy Sends Destroyer Into Disputed Waters

Oct 11, 2017

The U.S. Navy sent a destroyer into the South China Sean on Tuesday to sail near the islands that are claimed by China. The action was a Freedom of Navigation exercise that challenged “excessive maritime claims” made by China. The Navy intends to continue these exercises because the American government does not recognize China’s territorial claims. “The U.S. military has a long-standing position that its operations are carried out throughout the world, including in areas claimed by allies, and that they are separate from political considerations.” While continuing to conduct the navigation exercises, the United States is also seeking help from China to contain North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. In the past, China has argued that the Navy’s actions, “harmed Chinese sovereignty and security.” It may be in China’s interest to keep North Korea in play so as to continue to irritate the United States. President Trump plans to visit several countries in Asia in November including China.