BEIJING (Reuters)—Chinese forces followed and warned away a U.S. warship which entered waters near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the country's military said on Thursday, but the U.S. Navy denied the ship had been warned off.
The U.S. Navy sent a destroyer through the disputed South China Sea, the latest in a series of maritime challenges to China's territorial claims in the region. On Thursday, the USS Benfold conducted a "freedom of navigation operation" close by the disputed Paracel Islands. Officials with the U.S. 7th Fleet
The accident happened on the second day of naval drills involving two U.S. Navy aircraft carrier groups in the contested waters.
The U.S. military says a Navy combat jet conducting exercises in the South China Sea has crashed while trying to land on the deck of an American aircraft carrier, injuring seven sailors
The aircraft carriers were pictured on the Philippine Sea, which lays east of Taiwan and west of the US territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.
South Korea’s military says North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile into sea
People’s Liberation Army says USS Benfold ‘illegally entered’ Chinese waters
The president said passage of a China competition bill was needed “for the sake of our economic competitiveness and our national security.”