South China Sea: China condemns ‘vile’ US naval actions amid tensions | World | News

Speaking at a press convention on Thursday, Wu Qian, a spokesman for China’s defence ministry, criticised the US for disrupting a army drill. The USS Mustin, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, has been shadowing a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) plane service group for practically three weeks.

Mr Wu claimed the US vessel “severely disrupted” the plane service group led by the Liaoning.

He added that the destroyer’s “persistent close-range reconnaissance” threatened “the safety of vessels and crew.”

Mr Wu described the USS Mustin’s actions as “very vile in nature.”

PLA warships reportedly “warned and expelled” the USS Mustin when the ship acquired too shut.

Mr Wu urged the US to “rein in its front-line forces” so as to keep away from “similar dangerous incidents” sooner or later.

In response to the defence ministry’s assertion, a US Navy official advised Newsweek: “The US Navy maintains a persistent presence in the Indo-Pacific as it has for many years and regularly interacts with foreign vessels/aircraft.

“All interactions with our forces have been in accordance with international law and did not impact any ongoing operations.”

Mr Wu’s feedback come as Taiwan’s international minister stated China was “preparing for their final military assault”.

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In response to the picture, Chinese commentators accused the US of conducting “cognitive warfare”.

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