The American ship USS Milius carried out a navigation rights and freedoms mission in the South Sea

The American ship USS Milius carried out a mission of rights and freedoms of navigation in the East Sea. (REUTERS / Issei Kato) (ISSEI KATO /)

The us navy affirmed this Monday that his destroyer ship USS Millius made a navigation rights and freedoms mission in it south sea“in accordance with International Law”.

“At the end of the operation, the USS Milius has left the overclaim area and has continued its operations,” according to a statement from the United States 7th Fleetwhich has indicated that the maneuver took place less than twelve nautical miles (about 22 kilometers) from the Mischief Reeflocated on the islands spratly.

“This freedom of navigation operation respected the rights, freedoms and legitimate uses of the sea. indicated the Navy.

The US authorities indicated that, “under Customary International Lawreflected in the Convention on the Law of the Sea, accidents like the Mischief Reef that are submerged at high tide in their natural state They have no right to a territorial sea.”

“When conducting commons within twelve nautical miles of Mischief Reef, The United States has shown that ships can legally exercise the freedom of the high seas in those areas.”the letter continues.

On the other hand, criticized “widespread and illegal maritime claims at sea” of that region also known as the East Sea in the Philippines, considering that “pose a serious threat to the freedom of the seasincluding freedoms of navigation and overflight, free trade, and free economic opportunity for riparian nations.”

The US Navy pointed out that
The US Navy pointed out that “the freedom of navigation operation respected the rights, freedoms and legitimate uses of the sea.” (PHOTO: REUTERS) (HANDOUT/)

Thus, Washington remarked that “challenges excessive maritime claims around the world, regardless of the identity of the claimant”insisting on the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea: “It grants to all nations certain rights and freedoms and other legitimate uses of the sea.”

“As long as some countries continue to claim and assert limits to rights that exceed their authority under international law, The United States will continue to defend the rights and freedoms of the sea guaranteed to all. No member of the international community should be intimidated or coerced into giving up their rights and freedoms,” the US Navy said.

He Taiwan Air Force Command denounced this Monday that 70 fighter jets and eleven Army ships of China have approached its air and sea space, as they have been doing repeatedly in recent days in a series of military maneuvers.

Chinese exercises

To some 1,300 kilometers awayChinese warships and planes begin a third day of military exercises around Taiwan, including simulated attacks on the island with live munitions.

“Multiple groups of H-6K fighters carrying live ammunition (…) carried out multiple waves of simulated attacks against important targets on the island of Taiwan,” the Chinese military said in a statement, adding that the aircraft carrier Shandong also “participated in today’s (Monday) exercise )”.

(With information from Europa Press)

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