China Says U.S. Ship Was Breaking Law

Following is a statement from the Chinese embassy in Washington in response to an incident involving Chinese ships and a U.S. naval vessel in the South China Sea on Sunday. The statement was carried by the website of Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television (news.ifeng.com).

“In response to U.S. claims that a naval ship was harassed by the Chinese side, the concerned official in China’s embassy to the United States stated: The U.S. navy vessel concerned has been consistently conducting illegal surveying in China’s special economic zone. China believes this contravenes international laws of the sea and China’s relevant laws. China has repeatedly used diplomatic channels to demand the U.S. side cease unlawful activities in China’s special economic zone. China’s law enforcement authorities have also sent vessels to carry out law enforcement activities. The U.S. claim about operating in high seas is out of step with the facts. This official stressed that China cannot accept the baseless U.S. accusations, that China demands the U.S. cease this kind of illegal surveying activity and do more things beneficial to the stable development of China-U.S. relations. This official also stated that the Chinese government will make a formal statement about this incident.”

Reuters

Some say Obama planned on provoking China, which seems out of character to us at Peace and Freedom:
http://moinansari.wordpress.com/2009/03/
11/hainan-naval-incident-beijing-to-usa-ca
nt-you-read-the-sign-sea-of-china-is-chine
se-territory/

This US Navy file photo shows the military Sealift Command ocean ... 
This US Navy file photo shows the military Sealift Command ocean surveillance ship USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS-23). Five Chinese vessels maneuvered dangerously close to a US Navy ship in the South China Sea on Sunday, March 8, 2009, approaching within 25 feet of the unarmed surveillance ship, the Pentagon said.(AFP/NVNS)

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CNN Reported that the U.S. diplomatic protest to China was equally adament that the U.S. ship, USNS Impeccable, was the vessel being harassed by China which was the lawbreaker….

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/0
3/09/us.navy.china/index.html

The Navy says this photo shows two Chinese trawlers forcing the Impeccable to make an emergency "all stop."

The Navy says this photo shows two Chinese trawlers forcing the USNS Impeccable to make an emergency “all stop.”

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2 Responses to “China Says U.S. Ship Was Breaking Law”

  1. valwayne Says:

    With Sec Clinton recently in China begging the Chinese to buy Obama’s massive budget debt the Chinese apparently feel they can chase U.S. ships from anywhere on the high seas they don’t want us. We can expect Obama to order U.S. ships to slink away anytime the Chinese do this. The Chinese and Russians can smell weakeness like sharks smell blood in the water. They seem to have Jimmy Obama’s measure.

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