Chinese military says American warship left when warned by PLATaiwan and Vietnam called out by the US Navy for requiring notice for ‘innocent passage’
Published: 8:30pm, 22 Dec, 2020SCMP
The USS John S. McCain neared the contested Spratly Islands on Tuesday. Photo: US Navy via APThe US Navy sent a destroyer near the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday to “challenge restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Vietnam, and Taiwan”.The operation came after the United States military warned in a document last week that it would be “more assertive” against Beijing. The document set out objectives for the US Navy, Marines and Coast Guard for 2021.