Military Capabilities

China protests USN FONOP near Paracel Islands

07 January 2019

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced on 7 January that it had lodged “stern representations” with the United States over what it claimed was a recent incursion by a US Navy (USN) destroyer into Chinese territorial waters near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea (SCS).

During a press conference in Beijing MoFA spokesperson Lu Kang accused USS McCampbell , an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, of “having entered the territorial waters of the Xisha [Paracel] Islands in China without the permission of the Chinese side”.

China “immediately” dispatched military ships and aircraft to identify and warn off the vessel, said Lu, adding that the US warship’s actions had “violated Chinese and international laws”, as well as having “infringed Chinese sovereignty”.

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