China claims 2 US warships trespassed in Spratly Islands

The Chinese government is claiming that its territory was trespassed when two United States Navy warships USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) sailed in waters of West Philippine Sea.

In report by Reuters, Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for United States Navy Seventh Fleet, said that the “innocent passage” was “to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law.”

“On May 6, USS Preble and Chung-Hoon trespassed in the adjacent waters of
Gaven and Johnson Reefs of China’s Spratly Islands without permission from the Chinese government,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said.

“The Chinese Navy identified and verified the US warships according to law, and warned them off. The trespass of US warships is a violation of China’s sovereignty. It undermines peace, security and good order in the relevant waters. China deplores and firmly opposes such moves,” he added.

“With the concerted efforts of China and ASEAN states, the situation in the South China Sea is steadily improving. China urges the US to stop such provocations, respect China’s sovereignty and security interests and regional countries’ efforts to safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea,” the Chinese spokesperson said.

“China will continue to take all necessary measures to defend national sovereignty and security, and safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea,” Shuang added.