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US Warship “Expelled” From South China Sea By PLA Forces

Tyler Durden
February 5th, 2021
ZeroHedge
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This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

The superpower clash between China and the U.S. continued on Friday as a U.S. Navy ship sailed near the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands in the heavily disrupted South China Sea, only to get a stern rebuke (and what some would call, an appropriate response) from Beijing.

The USS John S. McCain, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, entered the waters near Paracel islands Friday without China’s permission on a “freedom of navigation operation,” the first known operation in the heavily disputed area under the new Biden administration. 

Shortly after, CGTN reported that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) “expelled” the destroyer after it “trespassed” into China’s territorial waters. Tian Junli, a spokesperson for the PLA Southern Theater Command, said the move “seriously infringed China’s sovereignty and security.” He said PLA troops in the region are on “high alert at all times to protect the peace and stability of the region.”

The heavily disputed waterway is one of the flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, including a trade war, technology war, U.S. sanctions, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

U.S. sailings of warships near the militarized islands in the South China Sea have angered Beijing in the past.

The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said the destroyer USS John S. McCain “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands, consistent with international law”.

Meanwhile, according to the latest naval deployment map from Stratfor, other US naval ships located just off China’s coast include the carrier CVN 71 Roosevelt, and the LHA 6 America large Amphibious group.

Last month, USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the South China Sea for what the Navy called routine freedom of navigation operation. There’s more here than meets the eye as a great power competition continues to brew between both countries.

Over the past year, the U.S. has increased aerial patrols, and U.S. Navy warship sails through the disrupted region and near and through the Taiwan Strait, an exercise aimed at angering Beijing. Such “close encounters” and US flyovers and sail throughs in the South China Sea and near Taiwan become more frequent during the tail-end of the Trump presidency.

As Al Jazeera notes, “Last year Chinese military jets made a record 380 incursions into Taiwan’s defense zone, with some analysts warning tensions between the two sides were at their highest since the mid-1990s.”

Earlier in the week Monday, two US reconnaissance planes flew near Taiwan’s airspace at a moment Taipei has begun to publicly acknowledge for the first time the presence of both American and Chinese PLA jets sometimes in the same aerial defense zones, which constitutes an alarming and highly dangerous situation.

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    1. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Really? We can understand why the PLA is upset?
      Encyclopedia Britannica:
      China, Taiwan, and Vietnam all claim the archipelago. In 1932 French Indochina announced the annexation of the Paracels and established a weather station there. Japan occupied some of the islands during World War II (1939–45) but later withdrew and, in 1951, renounced its claims there. By 1947 Chinese troops occupied Woody Island, the main island of the Amphitrite group. On Prattle Island, the largest of the Crescent group, the original weather station continued to be operated by French Indochina and its successor, Vietnam. With the political separation of the two Chinas and Vietnams, the number of claimants doubled: while the People’s Republic of China and South Vietnam actually occupied the islands, Taiwan and North Vietnam declared themselves the heirs of legitimate Chinese and Vietnamese claims. The discovery of oil deposits under the South China Sea led to a crisis early in 1974 when, in reaction to Vietnamese contracts with foreign oil companies, China attacked the islands from sea and air, captured the weather station crew, and assumed control of the entire archipelago. In the 1980s the Paracels, still occupied by China, remained a subject of contention.

      https://www.britannica.com/place/Paracel-Islands

      Isn’t that what the WEF wants?  An end to borders and nations and global government? 

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      So sick of this bullshit! 

      Andrea Iravani

    2. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Really? We can understand why the PLA is upset?

      Encyclopedia Britannica:

      Paracel Islands, Wade-Giles romanization Hsi-sha Ch’ün-tao, Pinyin Xisha Qundao, Vietnamese Quan Dao Hoang Sa, group of about 130 small coral islands and reefs in the South China Sea. They lie about 250 miles (400 km) east of central Vietnam and about 220 miles (350 km) southeast of Hainan Island, China. Apart from a few isolated, outlying islands (Triton in the south, Lincoln in the east), they are divided into the Amphitrite group in the northeast and the Crescent group in the west. The low, barren islands, none of which exceeds 1 square mile (2.5 square km), lack fresh water. Turtles live on the islands, and seabirds have left nests and guano deposits, but there are no permanent human residents.

      China, Taiwan, and Vietnam all claim the archipelago. In 1932 French Indochina announced the annexation of the Paracels and established a weather station there. Japan occupied some of the islands during World War II (1939–45) but later withdrew and, in 1951, renounced its claims there. By 1947 Chinese troops occupied Woody Island, the main island of the Amphitrite group. On Prattle Island, the largest of the Crescent group, the original weather station continued to be operated by French Indochina and its successor, Vietnam. With the political separation of the two Chinas and Vietnams, the number of claimants doubled: while the People’s Republic of China and South Vietnam actually occupied the islands, Taiwan and North Vietnam declared themselves the heirs of legitimate Chinese and Vietnamese claims. The discovery of oil deposits under the South China Sea led to a crisis early in 1974 when, in reaction to Vietnamese contracts with foreign oil companies, China attacked the islands from sea and air, captured the weather station crew, and assumed control of the entire archipelago. In the 1980s the Paracels, still occupied by China, remained a subject of contention.

      https://www.britannica.com/place/Paracel-Islands

      Isn’t that what the WEF wants?  An end to borders and nations and global government? 

      Hans plays with Lotte,
      Lotte plays with Jane
      Jane plays with Willi, 
      Willi is happy again 
      Suki plays with Leo, 
      Sacha plays with Britt
      Adolf builts a bonfire, 
      Enrico plays with it 
      It’s a knockout 
      If looks could kill, they probably will
      In games without frontiers-war without tears
      Games without frontiers-war without tears
      Jeux sans frontieres 
      Jeux sans frontieres 
      Jeux sans frontieres 
      Andre has a red flag, 
      Chiang Ching’s is blue
      They all have hills to fly them on except for Lin Tai Yu 
      Dressing up in costumes, playing silly games 
      Hiding out in tree-tops shouting out rude names
      It’s a knockout
      If looks could kill they probably will In games without frontiers-wars without tears
      If looks could kill they probably will In games without frontiers-war without tears
      Games without frontiers-war without tears Jeux sans frontieres Jeux sans frontieres Jeux sans frontieres.- Peter Gabriel

      So sick of this bullshit! 

      Andrea Iravani

    3. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Really? We can understand why the PLA is upset? PLA expelled U.S. Navy on freedom of navigation peace keeping mission from South China Sea near Paracel “Islands”.

      Encyclopedia Britannica:

      Paracel Islands, Wade-Giles romanization Hsi-sha Ch’ün-tao, Pinyin Xisha Qundao, Vietnamese Quan Dao Hoang Sa, group of about 130 small coral islands and reefs in the South China Sea. They lie about 250 miles (400 km) east of central Vietnam and about 220 miles (350 km) southeast of Hainan Island, China. Apart from a few isolated, outlying islands (Triton in the south, Lincoln in the east), they are divided into the Amphitrite group in the northeast and the Crescent group in the west. The low, barren islands, none of which exceeds 1 square mile (2.5 square km), lack fresh water. Turtles live on the islands, and seabirds have left nests and guano deposits, but there are no permanent human residents.

      China, Taiwan, and Vietnam all claim the archipelago. In 1932 French Indochina announced the annexation of the Paracels and established a weather station there. Japan occupied some of the islands during World War II (1939–45) but later withdrew and, in 1951, renounced its claims there. By 1947 Chinese troops occupied Woody Island, the main island of the Amphitrite group. On Prattle Island, the largest of the Crescent group, the original weather station continued to be operated by French Indochina and its successor, Vietnam. With the political separation of the two Chinas and Vietnams, the number of claimants doubled: while the People’s Republic of China and South Vietnam actually occupied the islands, Taiwan and North Vietnam declared themselves the heirs of legitimate Chinese and Vietnamese claims. The discovery of oil deposits under the South China Sea led to a crisis early in 1974 when, in reaction to Vietnamese contracts with foreign oil companies, China attacked the islands from sea and air, captured the weather station crew, and assumed control of the entire archipelago. In the 1980s the Paracels, still occupied by China, remained a subject of contention.

      https://www.britannica.com/place/Paracel-Islands

      Isn’t that what the WEF wants?  An end to borders and nations and global government? What about the multipolar world? Did they lie?

      Hans plays with Lotte,
      Lotte plays with Jane
      Jane plays with Willi, 
      Willi is happy again 
      Suki plays with Leo, 
      Sacha plays with Britt
      Adolf builts a bonfire, 
      Enrico plays with it 
      It’s a knockout 
      If looks could kill, they probably will
      In games without frontiers-war without tears
      Games without frontiers-war without tears
      Jeux sans frontieres 
      Jeux sans frontieres 
      Jeux sans frontieres 
      Andre has a red flag, 
      Chiang Ching’s is blue
      They all have hills to fly them on except for Lin Tai Yu 
      Dressing up in costumes, playing silly games 
      Hiding out in tree-tops shouting out rude names
      It’s a knockout
      If looks could kill they probably will In games without frontiers-wars without tears
      If looks could kill they probably will In games without frontiers-war without tears
      Games without frontiers-war without tears Jeux sans frontieres Jeux sans frontieres Jeux sans frontieres.- Peter Gabriel

      So sick of this Bull Shit!

      Andrea Iravani

    4. Joe Derp says:

      The Harris Administration with Joe Biden is submitting to their masters.

    5. Darth Skippy says:

      Attributed to Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fengh —

      “Of course, right now it is not the time to openly break up with them yet. Our reform and opening to the outside world still rely on their capital and technology, we still need America.”

      The would literally make them dependents.

      (Continues…)

      “Therefore, we must do everything we can to promote our relationship with America, learn from America in all aspects and use America as an example to reconstruct our country…”

      If this is a financial territory of the US, why does it have it’s own warships.

      Why is the CCP allowed to act so imperiously, over what amounts to a glorified labor colony.

    6. Bill says:

      This article is hyperbole. What we’re watching is gamesmanship. I’m no military strategist, and of course don’t have access to classified data, but I can confidently say there will be no hot war between the US and China. There may in the future some tense incidents on the high seas in those areas China claims, or a plane sh*t down, etc. But no one is going to start fielding armies in the territories each other control, or start b*mb*ing each other, or lob missiles at each other.
      Rather, you may see China try to threaten and frighten Japan, or have NK cause problems for SK, or show their planes and subs close to the continental US. They may ask the UN to censure the US for something, get tough on trade agreements, and ramp up propaganda. Who cares. Of course we will get belligerent with our responses too. Then eventually it will all blow over until the next time.
      All this can be said with confidence because we have politicians, billionaires, corporations, and others with connections who are beholden to China in a number of ways.

    7. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      This is outrageous. Michael Hudson is an establishment propagandist acting as the Peter Drucker for bail outs! The majority of claims made by Hudson regarding China are patently false. China has exercised global predation that has surpassed America, and is on par with European countries who have had an extremely lengthy history of the same methods that China is currently employing. China may have forgiven the debts of its own corporations, but it certainly did not forgive the debts of Brazil when it seized gold mines in the Amazon rain forest. China is currently using finance capitalism in BRI countries, demanding that countries borrow Chinese currency with interest and also demand tbat Chinese companies build infrastructure including 5G, ports, roads, rail, and pipelines for those countries. Iran is another classic example that has fallen prey to China. Iran has the technology, expertise, equipment, and raw materials to build ports, rails, and pipelines, and has been doing so throughout its history. China refused to trade with Iran until Iran agreed to sign a 25 year agreement with China. It is win win for China, and lose lose for Iran. Iran will borrow money with interest from China to build ports, pipelines, and rail from China, and Iran will agree to divert oil to China for repayment of the loans. It is the worst deal imaginable, and the most Iranians are extremely upset about it.

      Hudson is basically asserting that US corporations that have terrorized the entire country and demanded that small and medium businesses that were profitable be forced to shut down resulting in the permanent closure of the majority of those businsses so that the large corporations would not be required to compete with the small and medium businesses. 

      The problem is that the United States corporations that are habitually being asked to be bailed out by the government are enriching other nations far more than our own since the majority of them manufacture and are even managed over seas, which anyone who has ever called any large corporation ranging from telecom, to appliances, to tech, to credit cards knows. Many of the investors are over seas as well. 

      The corporations that are pathologically asking to be bailed out also spy on American citizens, refuse to respect the rights and property of American citizens, provide exhorbitantly priced, inferior products that use engineered obsolescelence, and bait and switch through constant updates. Then there is the medical mafia that has turned hospitals and clinics effectively into CIA black op sites including assassination through covid vaccination. Medical error has been the third leading cause of death in America for a very long time. The pharmaceutical companies use scientific fraud and addiction as a business model.

      Bailing them out again is really a crime against humanity because they are terrorists, which they are currently doing with the scamdemic.

      The problem is the corruption and the corrupt corporations must not be bailed out again! 

      The bail outs are a save the terrorists relief plan! 

      https://www.unz.com/mhudson/finance-capitalism-vs-industrial-capitalism-2/

      Andrea Iravani

      • Andrea.Iravani. says:

        Michael Hudson has confessed that he has bern contracted by the Chinese government to destroy America and elevate China with the same policies that resulted in America’s success, and China is now and will now be employing the same tactics on other countries that America did, except that there are 1.4 billion Chinese that are far more racist than Americans are, who did infact elect Barack Obama which never would have happened in a country with systemic racism. It is not posssible for a country with systemic racism to have a black president. It just isn’t. He never would have even graduated from college, been the editor of the Harvard Law Review, or any of the many other necessary steps required to hold elected office, for whch America has many elected black members. There is no systemic racism. The reason for the economic differences is because 83% of black children are from single family households and were born out of wedlock. White children in the same circumstances are in the same predicament. Their mothers made that choice for them, nobody else is responsible. Maybe their mothers should pay them reparations. The truth hurts. I am sick and tired of being blamed for your mothers bad decisions! I don’t care if you don’t like it or if it offends you, because you blaming me and the rest of the country is offensive as hell and is a total lie, which the evidence proves ! It is insensitive of you to blame innocent people that had nothing to do with your mothers bad decisions!

    8. Joe Biden is NOT the legal President of the United States, and the entire federal government is invalid. All federal government officials and all federal law enforcement officers now have absolutely NO legal authority whatsoever. All federal laws, rules, and taxes are now NULL and VOID.

      The entire fraudulent federal government and all federal government officials and all federal law enforcement officers should be treated by everyone as what they are: A HOSTILE FOREIGN CORPORATION. The entire fraudulent federal government and all federal government officials and all federal law enforcement officers have absolutely NO legal authority whatsoever and should be disobeyed everywhere. State national guard troops should be asking themselves why they are defending a hostile foreign corporation which is harming the People: Get back to your home States troops, because your People need you at home.

    9. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      MICIMATT / InfraTards, cease and desist!

      If you were not so retarded you would know all of the following, which you have proven that you do not know because you have picked a fight with all of the following:

      1.) Do not pick a fight with God.
      2.) Do not pick a fight with the truth.
      3.) Do not pick a fight with math.
      4.) Do not pick a fight with science.
      5.) Do not pick a fight with biology.
      6.) Do not pick a fight with nature.
      7.) Do not pick a fight with the law, and by the way the law is not the government. The law is the constitution, which all swore by oath and affirmation to defend.

      MICIMATT / InfraTard Team of Retards, each and every one of you are your biggest problem, and your next biggest problem is your team. There is no stength in numbers when everyone on the team is evil and retarded. Your allies are destroying you. You are just too retarded to know it. Misery loves company.

      You have to be exceptionally retarded to pick a fight with the above categories, and some of them even picked a fight with all of the above categories!

      There is not a chance that you can win, and if you were not totally mentally incompetent, you would know that. Your loss is carved in stone. Your charcater is destiny.

      Andrea Iravani

    10. joey will be choking his vienna sausage in the white house bunker