Chinese warships scanning the coast of Alaska

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By Security Television Network, Author: by Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven

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September 20, 2021 (Security TV Network) – If Chinese warships have sailed in the 200-mile exclusive economic zone, it sounds the alarm bells.

In what could be the start of a new era of heightened tension and hostility between the United States and China, People’s Liberation Army warships are said to have sailed near Alaska in what could be a clear effort to challenge or counter the US Navy’s freedom of navigation exercises in the South China Sea.

Chinese warships off the coast of Alaska? The presence of Chinese warships off the coast of Alaska in international waters does not appear to be confirmed, but it is cited in a Chinese government newspaper called Globaltimes.

A website affiliated with the US Department of Defense reported on Sunday that a Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) naval flotilla, featuring one of China’s most powerful warships, recently sailed in international waters near Alaska, ”the newspaper writes.

However, the Global Times goes on to say “if the report is true,” a statement which, of course, raises some questions as to whether this actually happened. Nonetheless, the Chinese government-backed newspaper reports this and discusses it as if it were true, citing Chinese military officials discussing the patrol.

Normal training of the PLA on the high seas? “If the report is true, the activities of Chinese warships are probably normal training offshore amid the rapid development of such capabilities by the PLA navy,” Chinese analysts said on Monday, noting that it could also be considered as a countermeasure against US military provocations on At the Gates of China in the name of freedom of navigation, ”reports the Global Times.

The Chinese newspaper said the report from which the information came was from the statement from the US Coast Guard District 17 DoD Defense Visual Information Distribution Service. Missile cruiser, a guided missile destroyer and a general intelligence ship with an auxiliary ship.

The PLA Navy Task Force, according to the Chinese report, “has navigated international waters within the exclusive economic zone of the United States, off the coast of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, August 29 and 30.

The Chinese ships would not have sailed within the 12-mile territorial sovereignty limit of Alaska’s waters, a stipulation in accordance with the United Nations International Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Law of the Sea Convention However, if the report that Chinese warships sailed within the 200-mile exclusive economic zone, another border stipulated by the Law of the Sea Convention to protect the trade of host countries several hundred miles offshore, it is indeed important.

The Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which the entire international community, including the United States, adheres, indicates that an EEZ is intended to ensure commercial operations over several hundred kilometers off the coast of a given country. . Therefore, any other country wishing to do business in this region, including things like commercial shipping or fishing, must receive permission from the host country. However, the law of the sea does not prevent other countries from simply crossing the area.

Regardless of the actual mission or intention, a patrol of this type certainly exacerbates the long-standing disagreement between the United States and China over land claims in the South China Sea.

Chinese claims in the South China Sea For many years now, the United States has been sailing within the 12-mile territorial border of certain island areas that China claims to be its own. However, the United States and much of the international community consider these claims to be false or illegitimate. The United States is not alone, which means that many allies view Chinese land claims in the region as illegal, provocative and illegitimate, especially since other countries in Southeast Asia also have land claims in the region.

Adding to the concerns of the United States and its allies, of course, is that China has carried out bogus island-building operations in the region, described by the Pentagon as illegal land reclamation, to bolster its claims. territorial.

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