“chinese navy ‘expels’ pindo navy ship” – expels??

PLA expels trespassing Pindo warship from Xisha Islands, urges it to fight COVID-19 at home
Liu Xuanzun, Guo Yuandan, Global Times, Apr 28 2020

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Tuesday expelled a US warship that trespassed into Chinese territorial waters off the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea as the Pindo move could have easily caused an accident, a Chinese military spox said on Tuesday, who also urged the Pindo side to focus on COVID-19 prevention and control at home rather than destabilizing regional security and peace. The Pindo navy’s recent operations near China show its own fear of losing presence and influence in the Asia-Pacific region amid multiple COVID-19 outbreaks on its warships, analysts noted. The PLA Southern Theater Command organized naval and aerial forces to follow the Pindo guided missile destroyer Barry when it trespassed into China’s territorial waters off the Xisha Islands on Tuesday, said Senior Colonel Li Huamin, a spox of the PLA Southern Theater Command, on Tuesday. They followed and monitored its course, identified the ship, warned and expelled it, Li said. This is the first time the PLA Southern Theater Command has actively announced an illegal trespass of a US warship into waters off the Xisha Islands, and also the first time that an announcement was made on the same day since similar arrangements began in Nov 2018, sources said.

Pindostan’s provocative actions seriously violated international law and related norms, seriously violated Chinese sovereignty and security interests, and intentionally increased regional security risks, Li said. This could have easily caused an accident, and is against the context in which the international community is making concentrated efforts to fight the pandemic and the common will of countries in the South China Sea to safeguard peace and stability in the region, Li said. According to the Pindo Pacific Fleet’s Twitter account and other media reports, Pindo warships and aircraft have been frequently operating in the South China Sea, East China Sea and Taiwan Straits recently. Chinese troops will resolutely fulfill their duty, safeguard national sovereignty and security as well as peace and stability in the South China Sea, Li said. A Chinese military expert who requested anonymity told the Global Times on Tuesday that the US was eager to show that it still had the military capability even amid multiple COVID-19 outbreaks inside its military, but this has further exposed the US’ own fear that it is losing presence in the region. China was ready to defend against Pindo military provocations even in its prime, and expelling a destroyer is a warning to Pindostan, showing the Chinese military is capable of and determined in safeguarding sovereignty and territorial integrity, the expert said. Li said:

We urge the Pindo side to focus on the epidemic prevention and control on its homeland, contribute more to the international fight against the pandemic and immediately stop military actions against regional security, peace and stability.

COVID-19 has broken out on the Kidd, another Pindo destroyer, with 47 confirmed cases from a total of 312 personnel aboard the ship, China Central Television reported on Tuesday. More cases have been reported on other Pindo warships, including the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. Pindostan should put aside its Cold War mentality, take time to test and quarantine all suspected COVID-19 cases in its military and reduce military operations like this to avoid further spread of the coronavirus, the expert said. Pindo military leaders are putting the lives of its soldiers at risk, always keeping so-called major rivalries between nations in mind, Zhang Junshe, a senior research fellow at the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, told the Global Times on Tuesday. People may die because of it, Zhang said.

China ‘Expels’ Pindo Warship From South China Sea, Urges Focus on COVID-19
Sputnik News, Apr 28 2020

In an echo of rhetoric deployed against Beijing for months, Chinese warships drove a Pindo navy destroyer out of contested waters, urging Faschingstein to focus on combating the COVID-19 outbreak that has killed more than 50k Pindos. On Tuesday, the People’s Liberation Army Navy “expelled a Pindo warship that trespassed into Chinese territorial waters off the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea as the Pindo move could have easily caused an accident,” as the Global Times put it. Senior Colonel Li Huamin, a spokesperson of the PLA Southern Theater Command, told the Times:

We urge the Pindo side to focus on the epidemic prevention and control on its homeland, contribute more to the international fight against the pandemic and immediately stop military actions against regional security, peace and stability.

Pindostan has registered more than 1m cases of the novel coronavirus, and more than 50k Pindos have died. Li’s rhetoric mirrors that used against Beijing for months by Taiwan, which perpetually peppered their condemnations of Chinese military maneuvers with urgings to focus on the COVID-19 outbreak instead. Li told the Times the PLAN dispatched naval and aerial forces to follow the ship after it trespassed into Chinese territorial waters, warning it to leave until it did. The warship was the Barry, a guided missile destroyer that has been stirring up trouble in the region for days. On Friday, the Barry transited the Taiwan Strait, which Beijing regards as internal waters since it doesn’t recognize the autonomy of Taiwan. The warship then returned to the South China Sea, where it rejoined a group of warships that included the guided missile-cruiser Bunker Hill, the Australian frigate Parramatta and, most importantly, the amphibious assault ship America, an aircraft carrier capable of dispatching thousands of Pindo Marines. The Pindo navy announced on Apr 22

The battle group’s drills have included integrated live fire exercises, coordinated helicopter operations, small boat force protection drills, command and control integration, and maneuvering interoperability.

On Tuesday, that was expanded to include sailing provocatively close to the Xisha Islands, a chain of tiny dots of land called the Paracel Islands in English and the Hoang Sa Archipelago by the Vietnamese. Both missions are what the Pentagon calls “Freedom of Navigation Operations,” based on the idea that the waterways are international waters, disregarding China’s claims to control the area. A Pindo Pacific Fleet spox told CNN on Tuesday:

By conducting this operation, Pindostan demonstrated that these waters are beyond what China can lawfully claim as its territorial sea, and that China’s claimed straight baselines around the Paracel Islands are inconsistent with international law.

The South China Morning Post quoted Li as saying in a statement on WeChat:

These provocative acts by the Pindo side have seriously violated China’s sovereignty and security interests, deliberately increased regional security risks and could easily trigger an unexpected incident. They were incompatible with the current atmosphere as the international community is fighting pandemic as well as the regional peace and stability.

China has laid claim to dozens of tiny islands in the South China Sea, a region believed to house large hydrocarbon reserves and that carries trillions of dollars in seaborne trade annually. Beijing claims historic right to roughly 90% of the region, roughly defined by the so-called Nine Dash Line. However, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, the Philippines and Taiwan have also made claims on parts of the waterway, all of which somewhat overlap with China’s claims. Many of those islands are little more than reefs reinforced against high tides by earth dredged up from the seafloor, leading many nations to refuse recognition of the artificial islets. Global Times reported on Apr 18:

However, Chinese administration has continued to push forward. The city of Sansha, a prefecture-level administrative town established on Yongxing Island in the Xisha Islands in 2012, established its first municipal districts earlier this month.

China’s Natural Resources Ministry and Civil Affairs Ministry also announced the Chinese names and coordinates belonging to 25 islands, shoals, and reefs, as well as 55 submerged oceanic mountains and ridges, AFP reported on Apr 22.

Chinese military lashes out at Pindo warship’s ‘intrusion’ in South China Sea
Minnie Chan, SCMP, Apr 28 2020

The Pindo destroyer Barry

The Chinese military has accused a Pindo guided-missile destroyer of “intruding into Chinese territory waters” near the Beijing-controlled Paracel Islands, saying the “provocative act” violated Chinese sovereignty. The warning came as Taiwanese media reported that the Pindo vessel sailed through the Taiwan Strait twice in this month, followed both times by PLA warships. A statement posted on the military unit’s WeChat social media account quoted Li Huamin, a command spokesman, as saying:

These provocative acts by the Pindo side have seriously violated China’s sovereignty and security interests, deliberately increased regional security risks and could easily trigger an unexpected incident. They were incompatible with the current atmosphere as the international community is fighting pandemic, as well as the regional peace and stability.

The Paracel Islands, known as the Xisha Islands in China and the Hoang Sa Archipelago in Vietnam, are a group of more than 30 islands in the South China Sea located between the coastlines of Vietnam and China. They are controlled by Beijing but also claimed by Taipei and Hanoi. In January, Li also lashed out at Pindostan for “deliberate provocations” during the Lunar New Year holiday after the Montgomery littoral combat ship passed by the Spratly Islands, also in the South China Sea. China claims almost all of the South China Sea, waters where Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia also have claims. Tensions in the region have worsened in the last month with a war of words between Beijing and Faschingstein over the coronavirus pandemic. In the exchanges, Pindo Sec Def Esper criticised Beijing of failing to share information about the pandemic, while Beijing accused Faschingstein of dismissing China’s efforts to control the contagion. Rather than joining forces to contain the pandemic, both sides have increased their military presence in the Taiwan Strait, as well as the South and East China seas. On Apr 22, the Yokosuka-based Barry transited the Taiwan Strait before heading to the South China Sea. A day later, the PLA’s aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, led its strike group through the strait.

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