South China Sea WW3: US Deploys 3rd Warship, China Sends Missile Destroyer

South China Sea WW3: US Deploys 3rd Warship, China Sends Missile Destroyer
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South China Sea is where the war at as China continues to show its might through various military drills. China’s launch of annual drills in the South China Sea also emphasizes the growing tensions and territorial ambitions in the region which may eventually lead to war in the Asia Pacific and power struggle with the United States.


China is making sure that the world, particularly those in the Asia Pacific, knows its military capabilities. According to reports, the country has launched annual war drills in the highly disputed region sending one of it most advanced warships – the missile destroyer Hefei – to participate.

According to Yahoo, the exercises cover simulations on penetrating enemy blockade plus reconnaissance drills with submarine forces. A series of advanced military warfare is also part of the drills including five guided-missile destroyers, a frigate and a supply ship of the South Sea Fleet based in Sanya on Hainan Island.

Xinhua News Agency previously noted that forces based in the Spratly and Paracel islands will join the ships. The mentioned regions have also been linked to massive island-building activities of China.

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However, the United States will not stand by as China continues to flex its muscles in the region. According to Bloomberg, the U.S. Navy deployed its third warship in less than seven months to the disputed waters as tensions with China continue to rise.

The tensions have been reaching new levels in anticipation of the international court ruling on the territorial dispute to which China made it clear it will not honor.

Specifically, the USS William P. Lawrence which is a guided-missile destroyer sailed on Tuesday within the 12-nautical-mile territorial zone around Fiery Cross Reef which is part of the Spratlys Island. As mentioned, China has been conducting activities in the region highly contested by neighboring countries.

There is no telling what the outcome will be once the international court releases it decision. There is a definite looming idea though that China will not give up easily on its territorial ambitions even with several nations against it.

Also read: South China Sea Dispute: Rodrigo Duterte To Share Gas, Oil With China

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  • britbob

    Effective sovereignty Argument: A case that supports this view of effective sovereignty is relevant is the Minquiers and Ecrehos Case, France/UK of 17th November 1953. In this case both the UK and France had requested the ICJ to determine which country held sovereignty over the uninhabited Islets and rocks in the Minquiers and Ecrehos. France had claimed sovereignty because of historic sovereignty going back to the Dutchy of Normandy in the 11th century while the UK claimed that Jersey had historically exercised administrational jurisdiction on them. The Court decided that in the absence of valid treaty provisions, they considered the argument that the British government has exercised effective control to be superior, so that sovereignty control over the Minquiers and Ecrehos belonged to the UK. (the UK had protested to the French government when a French national had intended to build a house on one of the islats and any deaths occurring on the islets were dealt with by inquests held on Jersey). ICJ Minquiers & Ecrehos Judgment, 17 Nov 1953, p28, paras 6 & 12.

    No delimitation between states with opposite or adjacent coasts may be affected unilaterally by one of those states. For some interesting judgments on territorial seas and to gain an understanding as to how the world court deals with such disputes: