Brahmand NewsPrevious Article
Brahmand NewsNext Article
Headlines
  • Indian Air Force has 13 per cent of women officers, the highest among 3 forces:-The Air Force has 13.09 per cent of women officers, the highest among all three forces, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said Wednesday....
  • AERO INDIA 2019:-The 12th edition of Aero India 2019 – Asia’s premier air show – will be held at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Karnataka from 20 to 24 February 2019....
  • IDEX 2019:-The International Defence Exhibition and Conference - IDEX 2019 - will take place from 17 to 21 February, 2019 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi, UAE....
  • ISRO to launch communication satellite, GSAT-7A on Dec 19:-India will launch its latest communication satellite, GSAT-7A from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F11 on December 19....

US warship sails near South China Sea area claimed by Beijing: Pentagon

Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print This Article

An unrelated file photo.

WASHINGTON (AFP): An American warship has sailed through waters off the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, in the latest implicit challenge to Beijing's sweeping territorial claims in the region, the Pentagon said Sunday.

"Guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur conducted a freedom of navigation operation," an official told AFP. "Decatur sailed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson reefs in the Spratly Islands."

The official said all US military operations in the area "are designed in accordance with international law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows." The 12-mile distance is commonly accepted as constituting the territorial waters of a landmass. Beijing claims all of the Spratly chain.

There was no immediate reaction from China, but a similar US operation in July, involving the disputed Paracel islands, prompted a furious Beijing to deploy military vessels and fighter jets.

The Paracels, north of the Spratly Islands, are claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam.

On May 25, the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey sailed less than 12 nautical miles from a reef in the Spratly archipelago.

China claims nearly all of the South China Sea, though Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it.

Further angering those countries, and the US, Beijing has moved aggressively to build reefs into artificial islands capable of hosting military planes.

US-Chinese relations have been strained on multiple levels since Donald Trump became President in 2017. A trade war launched by Trump has infuriated Beijing, as did his authorisation of a US$ 1.3 billion arms sale to Taiwan, which China considers a rebel province.

Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print Article

Other Related News

'Navy monitoring all happenings in Indian Ocean'

The Indian Navy is monitoring all the happenings in the Indian Ocean and is prepared to safeguard the country's security and maritime interests, its Eastern Fleet commander Rear Admiral D K Tripathi said Wednesday.

Upcoming Defence Exhibitions

BRAHMOS Missile Systems

Headlines

Brahmand World Defence Update 2018

Image Gallery