Missile Destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer "sails within 12 nautical miles of the Cross of Fire and Reef to challenge excessive maritime claims and maintain access to waterways as governed by international law," the Navy US Navy Cmdr. Rhine Momsen, spokesman for the US 7th Fleet, said in a statement to CNN.
"The United States will fly, sail and operate when international law allows," she said, adding that freedom of navigation "is not for any country or for political statements."
to CNN that a Chinese warship follows the US warship during the operation, adding that all interactions are safe and professional.
China typically responds to such US Navy operations with a government statement calling on Washington to "immediately suspend such provocative actions that encroach on China's sovereignty and threaten China's security," as spokesman Lou Kang said after Operation Parcels. "in May.
And after Wednesday's US operation, Li Huaming, spokesman for the Southern Theater People's Liberation Army Command, accused Washington of "navigational harassment that … seriously undermines peace and stability in the South China Sea."
"As the US continues to send warships to the South China Sea, Washington has become the main villain" in the region, Zhang Junchet, senior r, research fellow at the National Liberation Army's Military Forces Research Institute
to "accelerate the deployment of our islands and reefs defense system in the region", Tian Shichen, Retired People's Liberation Army
The Global Times report followed strong language from Washington earlier this week on Chinese actions in the South China Sea. It is.
On Monday, the Pentagon issued a statement saying it "is very concerned about China's continued efforts to disrupt international rule-based order across the Indo-Pacific," saying that China "resumed forced intervention in long-standing oil and gas. gas operations in Vietnam in the South China Sea. "
" China will not gain the trust of its neighbors or the respect of the international community by maintaining its harassment tactics, "the statement added.
Meanwhile, Chinese officials have denied a request by the US Navy to visit the port in Qingdao, Momsen told CNN, a move that comes after Beijing also rejected two visits to US naval ports in Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, Washington and Beijing remain locked in a trade dispute over tariff equalization and shaking global financial markets.
Stephen Jiang contributed to this report.