Colonel Zhang Nandong, spokesman for the Southern Command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), urged the United States yesterday to immediately stop the provocations, to strictly manage and control its military maritime and air operations. According to the colonel, on October 9 the US destroyer USS John S. McCain allegedly entered Chinese territorial waters off the Xisha Islands without permission from the Chinese government.
The spokesperson added that In response to the action, the PLA Southern Theater Command sent naval and air forces to track and monitor the United States warship. The US side has repeatedly sent warships to the South China Sea to demonstrate strength and strengthen its military presence. This blatant military provocation has grossly violated China's sovereignty and security interests, and has severely jeopardized peace and stability in the South China Sea.
"We urge the United States to stop this kind of provocative action immediately, to strictly manage and control its maritime and air military operations so as not to cause any eventuality.".
The spokesman finally stressed that China has unquestionable sovereignty over the islands of the South China Sea and adjacent waters, and the troops of the People's Liberation Army Southern Theater Command will always remain on high alert and take all necessary measures to resolutely safeguard sovereignty and security of China and protect peace and stability in the South China Sea.
What the Communist Chinese communiqué does not report is that the "Xisha" islands are also known as "Paracel" in the rest of the world and "Hoang Sa Archipelago" from Vietnam. In fact, despite China's occupation and militarization of the islands (photo) by force, a long dispute with Vietnam and Taiwan is unresolved, which claim sovereignty.
The United States seems - once again - to clearly demonstrate to the Beijing regime that it is international law that regulates disputes, that the South China Sea is not the Mediterranean and that even if theirs were, it is not the Italian government.
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Photo: US Navy / CSIS-AMTI