China Warns US Naval Aggression in South China Sea Could Spark War

By Claire Bernish

On Thursday, China ominously warned the United States that any repeat of recent military posturing in the South China Sea could be considered a potential spark for war.

“If the United States continues with these kinds of dangerous, provocative acts, there could well be a seriously pressing situation between frontline forces from both sides on the sea and in the air, or even a minor incident that sparks war,” Admiral Wu Shengli of the Chinese navy told U.S. Navy Admiral John Richardson via teleconference. “[I] hope the U.S. side cherishes the good situation between the Chinese and U.S. navies that has not come easily and avoids these kinds of incidents from happening again.”

As reported by Reuters, an unnamed and unverified U.S. official claimed the two nations had agreed to hold to protocols established by the joint Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) — designed to avoid exactly such a conflict. According to said official:

They agreed that it’s very important that both sides continue to use the protocols under the CUES agreement when they’re operating close to keep the chances of any misunderstanding and any kind of provocation from occurring.

On Tuesday, the USS Lassen performed an operation in disputed waters of the Spratly archipelago that brought the warship within 12 nautical miles (13.8 miles) of China’s controversial man-made island chain, bristling relations between the two nations.

Wu explained that despite the apparent act of latent aggression, there remains plenty of room for cooperation between China and the U.S. and that both sides need to “play a positive role in maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea.”

The European Union sided with Washington on Friday, saying the U.S.’ operation occurred in international waters and was an exercise in freedom of navigation.

This situation is still developing.

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3 Comments on "China Warns US Naval Aggression in South China Sea Could Spark War"

  1. Are you seriously so anti-american? Wasn’t it china who went there criss-crossing the sea with a giant oil rig, and now with a f-ing island, several of them actually

    • Whether or I’m anti-American or not is irrelevant. I simply exercise critical thinking skills.

      • That’s the point I was making. You were showing a lack of critical rational thinking. So you looked at the facts: china went there with a gigantic oil rig all round the sea, and now even bringing a whole island with them, and setting up an exclusion zone to deny all her neighbours from getting near the area, and unilaterally declare a defacto ownership of the international water. The US has so far shown no interests in claiming any ownership whatsoever of any part of the sea or its resources. But somehow, your critical thinking draws a conclusion that it’s the US who’s there to drill the oil to satisfy its greed. I’m not an American, but like seriously?

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