China won’t allow the US to violate its territorial waters by navigating warships in the vicinity of Beijing’s man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea.
Based on reports from the Pentagon, the US ships will sail within 12-nautical-mile zones around what is considered China’s territory. China built artificial islands in the Spratly chain and thus considers it Chinese territory.
China and the US have different views on the matter of the South China Sea. While China claims majority of it, the US opposes to that by not recognizing its territorial claims.
According to foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, China will not tolerate any violation of its territorial waters and airspace in the Spratly Islands. Any move conducted by the US in the name of protecting freedom of navigation and overflight will provoke the other party and endanger regional peace and stability.
The US considers China’s reclamation projects a threat to freedom of navigation. This is why the US is considering sending warships to the waters of the South China Sea.
Based on sources from the Pentagon, the ships will sail off in a few days.
It is believed that there won’t be any collisions within the set limits. In case warnings issued by the People’s Liberation Army Navy are not obeyed, Chinese warships would intercept the US vessels.
According to claims of Washington, China is building military facilities on the artificial islands. However, China denied such allegations.