US Navy warships just challenged China with a South China Sea sail-by operation, and Beijing is furious

Well here we go. We’ve need needling China for a while now. This is the news that’s getting buried in all the revelations of Dimocritic malfeasance and criminality.

US Navy warships just challenged China with a South China Sea sail-by operation, and Beijing is furious

The US Navy sent two guided-missile destroyers to challenge China in the South China Sea, and Beijing is outraged.

Two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers - the USS Spruance and the USS Preble - conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation on Monday, sailing within 12 nautical miles of Chinese outposts in the contested Spratly Islands.

The purpose was "to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways," as well as to show that the US "will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows," Cmdr. Clay Doss, a US Navy 7th Fleet spokesman, told CNN.

Beijing sharply criticized the operation. A spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry, Hua Chunying, accused the US of entering Chinese waters without permission and engaging in provocations that threaten China's sovereignty, the South China Morning Post reported.

China's claims to the South China Sea were largely discredited by an international arbitration tribunal three years ago. Beijing rejected the ruling and the authority of the tribunal.


During a South China Sea freedom-of-navigation operation in September, a Chinese destroyer challenged a US vessel to a showdown, forcing the US Navy ship off course and risking a deadly collision.


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If there was an alternate source, I would advocate a complete boycott of the "worker's paradise" complete with slave labor.

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I am cheap Chinese goods.

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I did in the '50s and '60s. Now I see America's economy being hollowed out. I see China manufacturing everything and using the money to be land and real estate in the USA (BTW, Mexico does not allow foreigners to own land or stock). When they finally jack up the prices there will a Depression that makes the '30s look like nothing. Americans will grovel to become servants to their new Chinese landlords.

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