October 26, 2015

OUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT:

U.S. Navy to send destroyer within 12 miles of Chinese islands (ANDREA SHALAL AND DAVID BRUNNSTROM, 10/26/15, NY Times)

The U.S. Navy plans to send a guided-missile destroyer within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea, in the start of a series of challenges to China's territorial claims in one of the world's busiest sea lanes.

A U.S. defense official said the patrol by the USS Lassen would occur early on Tuesday local time near Subi and Mischief reefs in the Spratly archipelago, features that were formerly submerged at high tide before China began a massive dredging project to turn them into islands in 2014.

The patrols would mark the most serious U.S. challenge yet to the 12-nautical-mile territorial limit China claims around the islands and are certain to anger Beijing, which said last month it would "never allow any country" to violate its territorial waters and airspace in the Spratlys.

Leave the ship, send the missiles.

Posted by at October 26, 2015 5:47 PM
  

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