China now THREATENING the U.S. over what a U.S. Naval Destroyer just did

The U.S. has sent a destroyer near a Chinese artificial island in the South China Sea in a move that rejects Chinese claims to the reclaimed reefs.

This needed to happen!

030615-N-3241H-058 Philippine Sea (Jun. 15, 2003) -- The guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) sails alongside the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a scheduled refueling at sea (RAS). The Lassen is on her maiden voyage as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Force, and will remain in the Western Pacific while the forward-deployed USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) undergoes scheduled dry dock maintenance. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Dustin Howell. (RELEASED)

As Reported By News USNI:

After months of deliberation, the U.S. has sent a guided missile destroyer within 12 nautical miles of a Chinese artificial island in the South China Sea in a move that practically rejects Chinese claims to the reclaimed reefs and has inflamed Beijing.

Late Monday USS Lassen (DDG-82) came within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef — off the western coast of the Philippines — on which the Chinese have built a weather monitoring station and other facilities, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry via a report in The Associated Press.

The Pentagon spokesman would not confirm the account to USNI News but said in a late Monday statement, “the United States is conducting routine operations in the South China Sea in accordance with international law. U.S. forces operate in the Asia-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea.”

For its part the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said the move by the U.S. was provocative and threatened a commensurate response to the mission.

“China will resolutely respond to any country’s deliberate provocations,” the Ministry said in a statement.

“The actions of the U.S. warship have threatened China’s sovereignty and security interests, jeopardized the safety of personnel and facilities on the reefs, and damaged regional peace and stability.”  

While China has confirmed Lassen came within 12 nautical miles— the distance of a country’s internationally recognized maritime boundary — and was contacted via radio it’s unclear what the ship did while in proximity to the island.

There is a stipulation in international maritime law known as “innocent passage” in which a warship

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  • flatbedbill

    Gotta love those Arleigh Burke’s Class DDG’s. I’m glad we just made a stance by this gesture, but I’m afraid it was too little, too late. Should have directed an entire Carrier Battle Group to steam within within 12 miles. The Arleigh Burke’s can take care of themselves and pack a hefty set of teeth, but a CBG would have sent a stronger message. That’s just my humble opinion.

    • Michael James

      Just a game to get the Chinese to light up their defenses so we can see what they have. Fun stuff.

    • Troubleshooter

      I served onboard the U.S.S. Claude V. Ricketts, DDG5, WITH Lieutenant JG Arleigh Burke (The Great Admiral’s descendant and namesake). I was a Gunner’s Mate, and Ltjg Burke served in my onboard Division beginning with his Midshipman Cruise all the way through my PCDS after I re-enlisted. Even as an Ensign, Mr. Burke was a serious and committed young man. He was also a Rugby fanatic. Once, when we were underway, I had to wake him up for a Bridge Watch, I remember seeing a pin hanging from his locker door by a shoestring with a metal whistle on it; the pin said “It Takes Leather Balls To Play Rugby”. That was his attitude toward everything. It’s ALL Rugby. He DID take a lot of teasing from the rest of the WARDROOM over being Arleigh Burke’s Grandson and Namesake, and he always responded with comments along this nature: “That’s okay fellows, you don’t have to be afraid; he taught me how to deal with the enemy. Just stay on my GOOD side and you’ll be okay”. His immediate Superior in WEPS was Lieutenant William Bassett, also a damn good Officer who paid attention to the crew in his Gunnery Division. One other Junior Officer from that time in my Naval Service, who was quiet and serious, and eager to get on with his pending transfer to the Swiftboats in Vietnam, was The CNO’s Son, Lieutenant JG Zumwalt. Every officer that I served with in the U.S. Navy during the War in Vietnam, with the exception of 3 or 4, were fine examples of The Navy Way, and the heroic willingness and attitude that it takes for a person to be willing to get on a small craft loaded with High Explosives and crazy sailors, and go out on the High Seas to provoke our enemies. Just like our Marine Corps, if you just let All of our Uniformed Services OFF THE CHAIN to DO THEIR JOBS, NO OTHER NATION can stand up to what we are willing and able to do. You are BULLSHITTING YOURSELF if you think anyone can.

  • Revisionist

    Putin is right about obama. obamas foreign policy is like a monkey with hand grenades

    • cherokeeman

      obama needs a grenade placed up his butt after the pin is pulled.

  • Elapoides

    The only balls Obama has to deal with this situation are the ones located in his mouth, belonging to Putin. Amazing how Clinton GAVE the Chinese the capacity to launch ICBMs under the guise of launching satellites? Then of course, the so called 5th generation stealth fighters the Chinese have, look so similar to the YF-23, did Obama sell them the blue prints?
    Anyone who votes democrat is a traitor, pure and simple.

    • marian1877

      I agree. Democrats are a bunch of criminals. and all should go to jail. Especially Hillary and Obama

      • sunshinegirl

        To many Republicans are as bad as the DemoRats. I thought we had gotten rid of the Rino’s in the last voting, but I guess they camoplage themselves as we got a few back in again. I think both parties stink at this point. We have a handful that are doing what they were sent to Washington to do. I think there is also something rotten in Denmark as I don’t think Ben Carson pulled ahead of Donald over night like they are making it look like he did. The GOP said they had a plan to knock Donald out so I’m wondering????? Also, Ben is friends with Al Sharpton and has made the comment that Al wants the same things for America as he does. Does that put up anyone’s guard toward Ben
        Carson? It does me. I’m am concerned about the things he says like this as Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are as racist as can be as well as cheering and encourages all the riots and crime with the Blacks when a Black is killed.

        • Elapoides

          I have serious concerns about Ben Carson, who does not answer questions about illegal immigration. He evades, and dances around the subject. His committee told me it was impossible to deport all of the illegal aliens? Obviously they do not remember President Ike’s “Operation Wetback” which deported millions of illegal aliens. Donald
          Trump produced an actual immigration policy, very similar to Ike’s policy. We put men on the Moon, but we cannot remove millions of ILLEGAL ALIENS who are destroying our country, and will forever change the political demographics of the USA in favor of the democrat party, forever giving the democrats the power? And silencing the voice & vote of ALL Conservatives!
          Ben Carson can do whatever he wants, but in the long run anything he does will simply be reversed by the democrats.
          If the ILLEGAL ALIENS are not DEPORTED, the political demographics will shift permanently in the favor of the left!

        • Roger Reid

          Makes sense. If, through manipulation, Carson is the top dog he will be easier to knock off than Trump. Then the establishment can move back in.

        • marian1877

          Most Americans don’t realize our
          Presidents are nothing but puppet for the Banker elite. the Federal Reserve- a
          private company- runs our country and tell the president -no matter what party-
          what to do. They put Obama in as president and groomed him to do what they
          want. If someone gets in their way they kill them. These wealthy support all
          wars also, no matter what country. I wonder what Republican running now for the
          Presidency is their plant.

        • marian1877

          Don’t believe everything you hear. The Democratic Party is scared and will put out false information so you don’t know what is truth. They believe that anything is ok to do if they get what they want.

  • Elapoides

    Where is the hand of the “doomsday clock” now? If GW Bush was in office, the media would have that reported on daily. We have the Middle East, China, Russia, and so on, yet not a peep from the media? Gee, I wonder why?

    • Jim

      Remember that our media is called the Liberal Main Stream Media!

  • Jim

    As long as we have a Paper Tiger President like Obama in office, World Leaders, who are our enemies, will continue to flex their muscles and play President Obama like a fiddle of of a fool that he is.

  • bruce1942

    spam !