Close call between US and China: The US Navy recently released a video of a Chinese warship sailing very close to the front of a US destroyer and the US described it as a criminal act. “Unsafe interaction.” The event took place in the Taiwan Strait and here are all the details.
What exactly happened?
The US Navy released a video on Monday, June 5, 2023, in which a Chinese warship passes in front of an American destroyer in the Taiwan Strait.
Source: AP News
The incident occurred on Saturday, June 3, 2023, when the USS Chung-Hoon and HMCS Montreal were making a routine passage through the strait. The Chinese warship was 150 yards (137 meters) from the USS Chung-Hoon.
The newsroom of the United States Indo-Pacific Command stated, “In accordance with international law, USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and HMCS Montreal (FFH 336) conducted a routine south to north Taiwan Strait transit on June 3 through waters where rights apply. freedom of navigation and overflight at sea.
“During transit, PLA(N) LUYANG III DDG 132 (PRC LY 132) conducted maneuvers in an unsafe manner in the vicinity of Chung-Hoon. PRC LY 132 passed Chung-Hoon on their port side and passed the bow at a range of 150 yards.
“Chung-Hoon maintained course and reduced speed to 10 kts to avoid collision.”
The US Navy newsroom also reported “LY 132’s closest point of approach was 150 yards and its actions violated the maritime ‘Rules of Navigation’ for safe navigation in international waters.”
The Chinese government has not commented on the incident.
The incident comes at a time of rising tensions between the United States and China. The two countries have been engaged in a trade war for the past year and they are also fighting over Taiwan.
The US Navy’s release of the video is a clear message to China that the United States will not tolerate aggression.
Chinese Defense Minister General Li Shangfu stands next to the passing warship USS Chunghoon. According to BBC He accused the US of having a “Cold War mentality” and said this “significantly increases security risks”.
The US Navy has conducted regular freedom of navigation operations in the Taiwan Strait in recent years. These activities are carried out with the aim of challenging China’s claim of sovereignty over this strait.
Saturday’s incident was the latest in a series of close encounters between US and Chinese warships in the Taiwan Strait. In December 2022, a Chinese warship came within 45 yards (41 meters) of an American destroyer.
In short, the increasing number of close encounters between US and Chinese warships in the Taiwan Strait is a sign of growing tensions between the two countries. Incidents increase the risk of unwanted conflicts between the two countries.