The United States conducted another operation to ensure freedom of navigation in the South China Sea
U.S. Navy destroyer Wayne Meyer passed near the islands in the South China Sea, which are claimed by several states in the region, primarily China, reports TASS with reference to the representative of the 7th fleet of the U.S. Navy, based in Yokosuka (Japan), Wrynn Mommsen.
"The US Navy destroyer Wayne Meyer challenged the restrictions on the peaceful passage imposed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam, and also challenged China’s claim to borders that include the Paracel Islands," Reuters quoted him as saying.
The US Navy regularly conducts operations of this kind in the South China Sea. The PRC government condemns such actions and considers them provocative.
Disputes over the territorial affiliation of several archipelagos in the South China Sea have been going on for decades. Although Vietnam and mainland China are the main persons involved in the dispute over the ownership of these territories, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and other states of the region also claim partial or full claims on the islands and adjacent waters.
In addition to the strategic location at the crossroads of the Indian and Pacific oceans, the value of the islands is also determined by the fact that, according to expert estimates, significant reserves of oil and mineral resources are concentrated on their shelf