The Chinese Ministry of Defense said the attack disrupted a US warship training exercise in the Chinese Navy near Taiwan and the South China Sea.
According to the news, the US destroyer Mustaine approached the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning several times. A spokesman for the ministry Fu Xin According to the measure, it severely obstructed the practice of Chinese warships and endangered the safe navigation of both sides. Fu Xin explained that
The American move was despicable, and it was believed that similar American actions threatening regional peace and stability were aimed at strengthening the militarization of the region.
The American destroyer was eventually thwarted by Chinese warships and then the Chinese Ministry of Defense complained to the United States.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense confirmed that since US President Joe Biden took office in January, the number of US warships operating near Chinese waters has increased by more than twenty percent compared to the same period last year, while reconnaissance aircraft have increased by more than forty percent. .
China, rich in raw materials, claims nearly 3.5 million square kilometers of the South China Sea and has built several artificial islands for military purposes in the disputed area. The communist country emphasized this by announcing in early April that it would conduct regular “routine” military exercises near Taiwan.
China considers the island its own territory, which it will be willing to take possession of peacefully or by military force.
In response, the United States often conducts military exercises in the South China Sea as well as in the Taiwan Strait.