US warship sails by the contested Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea

US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor DiMartino/file

In the latest challenge to Beijing’s broad territorial claims in the region, an American warship sailed through waters off the contested Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea on Thursday, December 22. The USS John S. McCain, a guided-missile destroyer, “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands,” according to the US Seventh Fleet. “This… Continue reading US warship sails by the contested Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea

China ‘expels’ US Navy destroyer sailing near Spratly Islands in the WPS

In a new escalation of tensions between Beijing and Washington, Beijing announced on Tuesday that its military had “expelled” a US Navy destroyer cruising near the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea. China said the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) southern theatre command dispatched ships and aircraft to warn the US destroyer USS John S.… Continue reading China ‘expels’ US Navy destroyer sailing near Spratly Islands in the WPS