The Chinese Army has assured this Tuesday that it has expelled a US missile cruiser that “illegally broke” into waters adjacent to the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea, while speaking of a “serious violation” of sovereignty and the security of the Asian giant.
The spokesman for the Command of the Southern Theater of Operations, Tian Junli, has indicated in a statement published on the website of the Chinese Army that “the missile cruiser ‘USS Chancellosrville’ illegally broke into adjacent waters and the Nansha Islands without the approval of the Chinese Government “. “The Air Force located it and followed her movements, issuing warnings to stay away,” he added.
Thus, he stressed that this incident “is another clear proof that the United States seeks naval hegemony and militarize the South China Sea”, while stressing that “China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands of the South China Sea and its adjacent waters, so the troops in the area are always on alert to resolutely safeguard sovereignty and national security, as well as peace and stability in the area.”
China has long had a territorial dispute with Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines over several islands located in the South China Sea. Significant hydrocarbon reserves were discovered on the continental shelf of these islands, especially on the Xisha Islands (the Paracel Islands), Nansha (the Spratly Islands) and Huangyan (Scarborough Reef).