According to a Reuters report, a U.S. destroyer sailed close by disputed islands in the South China Sea.
President Trump’s tough-on-China stance took to the high seas on Tuesday, as a U.S. Naval Ship sailed close to islands that China has claimed as its own in the South China Sea, according to a report from Reuters.
The PRC has claimed the islands in an effort to expand its reach into the Pacific, but the United States and its Asian allies have opposed the moves in recent years.
Now, the United States is making sure that China knows the U.S. Navy is right off its shores:
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Chafee, a guided-missile destroyer, challenged “excessive maritime claims” near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors.
The destroyer sailed close to but not within the 12-nautical-mile territorial limits of the islands, the officials said.
As Reuters pointed out, Trump and the United States are seeking China’s help on North Korea, while countering their expansion at the same time.
Trump’s naval moves on Tuesday demonstrate that the president won’t surrender the whole Pacific in return for Chinese help in containing Pyongyang.
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