2020-07-16

After Pompeo spoke, the US ship entered 12 nautical miles of my southern island reef

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[Text/Observer Wang Shichun] After the US State Department issued a so-called South China Sea-related statement on the 13th, the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet announced on July 15 that the US destroyer”Ralph Johnson” (DDG 114) July On the 14th,”no harm passes” within 12 nautical miles of Huayang Reef and Yongshu Reef in Nansha, China.

The U.S. Navy immediately issued a statement saying,”This freedom of navigation challenged China and Vietnam’s restrictions on harmless navigation and safeguarded the rights of free and legal use of the ocean recognized by international law.”

The destroyer”Ralph Johnson” is an Allee Burke-class Flight IIA Restart destroyer. The ship was commissioned in 2018 and is the latest destroyer of the US Navy Pacific Fleet. The ship is currently part of the 11th Aircraft Carrier Strike Group (CSG-11) where the”Nimitz” (CVN-68) aircraft carrier is located. The 11th Aircraft Carrier Strike Group currently has the”Nimitz” aircraft carrier, Missile Cruiser“Princeton” (CG-59), guided missile destroyer”John Paul Jones” (DDG-53),”Strate” (DDG-104) and”Ralph Johnson” (DDG-114).

The destroyer”Ralph Johnson” passes through Huayang Reef and Yongshu Reef in Nansha, China:US Navy

However, it is just about the South China Sea issue in Pompeo” On the day of the speech, the two US aircraft carriers”Nimitz” and”Reagan” deployed in the Indo-Pacific region, Instead, he left the waters near the South China Sea. According to a report by the US Navy News on July 13, on July 13, the”Reagan” was in the waters west of Australia, and the”Nimitz” was in the waters east of the Philippine Sea.

US Navy’s aircraft carrier battle group distribution map,”Reagan” is near the west coast of Australia, and”Nimi””Zi” is east of the Philippine waters.

After restoring combat effectiveness, the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet has continued to move in the South China Sea recently. On July 2, the US military’s”independent” class Littoral Combat Ship“Gabrielle Gifford” (LCS-10) Coming to our South China Sea region for a”routine cruise”, a 054A missile frigate of our navy carried out close tracking and monitoring of the ship.

Before this, the United States held three rounds of double aircraft carrier exercises in the South China Sea and the surrounding waters of the South China Sea in late June and early July. On June 21st, the aircraft carrier”Nimitz” and the aircraft carrier”CVN-71″ began to exercise in the Philippine Sea from the 21st.

On June 28th, the US Navy’s USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Reagan (CVN-76) from the west coast of the US held a”high-end war” Of the double carrier fleet.

On July 4, the United States’ “Independence Day”, “Reagan” conducted a double aircraft carrier training with the “Nimitz” in the South China Sea. During this period, a B-52H bomber took off from the United States and flew for 28 hours. It carried out a joint sea-air exercise with the aircraft carrier strike team.

At present, both of the US Navy’s aircraft carrier strike brigade have ended the South China Sea training cruise mission and sailed away from the South China Sea-related waters.

The dual aircraft carrier battle group composed of”Nimitz” and”Reagan” in the South China Sea. Source:US Navy

On July 13, local time, the US State Department issued a so-called South China Sea statement Secretary of State Pompeo indiscriminately distorted facts and international law, unreasonably accused the Chinese side of the South China Sea of ​​being “illegal”, and also rendered tensions in the South China Sea, provoking relations between China and regional countries.

In response, the Chinese Embassy in the United States and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed their firm opposition on the 14th and urged the US to stop making trouble on the South China Sea issue. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying tweeted 11 tweets on social media to clarify the facts, describing Pompeo’s statement as yet another testimony to the United States’ attempt to separate China from other coastal claimants.

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