US Warships Sail Through South China Sea as Trump's Trade War Escalates
President declares additional tariffs on China
US warships have sailed through the South China Sea just a day after president Donald Trump warned China he would impose additional tariffs as the trade war the country escalates.
According to the US military, two of its warships sailed near islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea.
Although China claims the waters are its territory, Washington insists the sea is open to international transit under the principle of “freedom of navigation.”
The US guided-missile destroyers ‘Preble’ and ‘Chung Hoon’ moved within in 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reef in the Spratly Islands, according to Reuters.
A spokesman for the Seventh Fleet, Commander Clay Doss, said the maneuver was “innocent,” and claimed it t served to “challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law.”
The Ships cames not long after Trump declared he increased American tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods this week, before targeting more soon.
The threat was made as recent negotiations between Beijing and Washington.
The South China Sea is the subject to multiple claims of territory y countries including China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.
The US has frequently been sending its warships out into the area to carry out patrol missions.
But the South China Sea isn’t the only waterway subject to recent US activity.
The White House announced it would deploy the USS ‘Abraham Lincoln’ Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the Middle East as part of an attempt to “to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime.”
Eye on China
On January, reports emerged that Chinese researchers were developing a potent 'doomsday device' capable of killing millions according to reports.
Researchers in China are now using a rare metal to develop a “salted” nuke that could have the potential to kill millions of people and leave the earth uninhabitable.
Researchers chose to use the metal, tantalum, in its warheads because it has an unusually high melting point of 3000C, meaning it can withstand the pressure to propel ions to high speeds and control their movement towards targets.