Another Navy warship sails near islands militarized by Beijing in South China Sea

Airman Beniaah Norris scans the horizon while standing watch aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell in the South China Sea, March 10, 2020. MARKUS CASTANEDA/U.S. NAVY
Airman Beniaah Norris scans the horizon while standing watch aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell in the South China Sea, March 10, 2020. MARKUS CASTANEDA/U.S. NAVY

Another Navy warship sails near islands militarized by Beijing in South China Sea

by Christian Lopez
Stars and Stripes

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell steamed through disputed waters in the South China Sea in the second freedom of navigation operation by the U.S. Navy this year.

The destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands, a group of contested islands and reefs, on March 10, according to a statement Monday from the 7th Fleet. China, Taiwan and Vietnam have overlapping claims on the Paracels.
Beijing on March 11 objected to the McCampbell’s passage, according to an online report by msn.com.

“Under the guise of ‘freedom of navigation,’ the US has repeatedly flexed its muscles, been provocative and stirred up trouble in the South China Sea,” msn.com quoted the People’s Liberation Army Southern Theatre command spokesman Colonel Li Huamin as saying.

“This is a hegemonic act that violates international law, and … threatens the peace and stability of the South China Sea.”

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