China on Thursday issued its second protest in as many days over United States Naval activity in the region, drawing an unusually sharp response from the US 7th Fleet, which accused Beijing of attempting to assert illegitimate maritime rights at the expense of its neighbours. China accused the US od increasing regional security risks, Misunderstandings, misjudgements, and accidents at sea. It called the ship’s manoeuvres “unprofessional and irresponsible,” saying Chinese forces were determined to defend the country’s sovereign claims while maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea.
The US refuses to recognise china’s claim to virtually the entire South China Sea and regularly conducts what it calls freedom of navigation operations to asserts its right to sail in international waters. The PLA’s statement about this mission is false. USS Curtis Wilbur was not expelled from any nations territory, the statement said. While the straight is in international waters, China claims self-governing Taiwan as its own territory and regards the US Navy’s presence near the island as providing support for its independence leaning democratically elected government. An emboldened China faced with the scaling up of US military operations in the area has increasingly raised concerns about a possible clash or confrontation, whether intended or not