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Chinese ship forces US destroyer off course , almost caused a collision

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posted on Oct, 3 2018 @ 05:30 PM
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a reply to: odzeandennz

Take a look at a map. Those are, by international law, open waters.

China has no valid claim over them.




posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 07:23 AM
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a reply to: seagull

Even if we disregard China's territorial claims, then both boats both had right to be there as it was international water.

The US ship did not have a greater right to be there, nor really had a right to be "patrolling", as it was not US territory. It was international territory.

Both captains were to blame here.



posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 08:13 AM
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Reminds me of Tonkin (version 2)….



posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 09:40 AM
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a reply to: BMorris

And there we have the crux of the matter. The US and others claim those are international waters and they have every right to be there. China claims those are Chinese territorial waters and airspace, by right of the artificial islands they built, therefore they can dictate who gets to travel through the area.



posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 07:48 PM
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a reply to: BMorris

If both ships considered it international waters, that'd be true, and there wouldn't really be any reason to fuss.

But, that's not the case. China is attempting to enforce it's claim to primacy in the area, and that is in clear violation of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Specifically, the right of free navigation, it's explained in this article, from the Diplomat.

The US is not, as mentioned in the article, a signatory of the Treaty, but has abides by most, if not all, the provisions in it that concern Freedom of Navigation.




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