30 Jan '16, 7pm

McCain, Forbes Praise New Navy Challenge To China In Paracel Islands

McCain, Forbes Praise New Navy Challenge To China In Paracel Islands

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee [UPDATED with experts’ analysis] WASHINGTON: Just two days after the head of US Pacific Command , Adm. Harry Harris, pledged to push harder on Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea, the destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur sailed within the 12 nautical mile limit around Triton Island. Situated in the Paracels, which are claimed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam, Triton is one of those islands China seized from what was then South Vietnam in a 1974 offensive that left at least 70 Vietnamese dead . Today, the Paracels are a potential flashpoint in ongoing disputes over the potential oil and gas wealth of the South China Sea. (It’s also worth noting that they’re real, natural islands rather than the artificial constructions of Chinese engineers ). Senate Armed Services chairman John McCain and House sea...

Full article: http://breakingdefense.com/2016/01/mccain-praises-new-nav...

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