ONBOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, South China Sea: As soon as the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen breached 12-nautical-mile territorial limits around one of China’s man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea last week, a Chinese warship shadowing its movements began demanding answers.
“‘Hey, you are in Chinese waters. What is your intention?’,” it asked, as recounted to reporters on Thursday by Commander Robert Francis, commanding officer of the Lassen.
His crew replied that they were operating in accordance with international law, and intended to transit past the island, carrying out what US officials have called a freedom-of-navigation exercise designed to challenge China’s claims to the strategic waterway.
“A few weeks ago we were talking to one of the ships that was accompanying us, a Chinese vessel … (We) picked up the phone and just talked to him like, ‘Hey, what are you guys doing this Saturday? Oh, we got pizza and wings. What are you guys eating? Oh, we’re doing this. Hey, we’re planning for Halloween as well’.” The intent, Francis said, is “to show them … that we’re normal sailors, just like them, have families, just like them.”
The Chinese sailors, speaking in English, responded by talking about where they were from, their families and places they have visited, Francis said.
As long as the sailors meet and part as friends there is no cause of fear. All wars are started by the immature politicians vying for territorial supremacy
so, who do you think the military should get directions from if not the elected politicians in the govt?
Born In January
Stop buying made in china… teach them a lesson….
Born In January
you don’t know.. for last 1.5 years none of my small group of friends bought made in china… in fact most electronic goods we bought are either made in India or Indonesia/Viet Nam and Thailand….
Chinese made things are all over the US
High time for the whole world to unite against the rogue country and make it behave like a civilised country.
True, by the time they learn their lessons , they and others pay a big price. Why can’t Chinese learn from history what happened to Japanese and Germans who started exactly like China is doing now.
It might be not good for world as the two superpower’s relations are getting tense…although China’s encroachment policy needs to be opposed and USA can dare too.
Chinese are too scared of USA entering their door step and Chinese patrol boats are just watching the huge Destroyer just like school kids and thinking that USA already captured China.
China is Patriotic country,it is not like SLAVE INDIA,US cannot challenge China
US has sent their ship just to keep their staff engaged
smells of cold war in future