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South China Sea: Expert discusses tensions

The South China Sea is a extremely contested area and faces claims from China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. Diplomatic relations between the nations are already extraordinarily strained.

Despite having no declare over any a part of the archipelago, the US has elevated its army presence within the area in a bid to counter Beijing’s dominance.

But now, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has expelled the USS Curtis Wilbur destroyer regardless of the US Navy claiming it was complying with worldwide legislation.

A spokesman for China’s Southern Theatre Command mentioned China will “resolutely safeguard” its sovereignty and safety within the extremely contested area.

According to the People’s Daily, the spokesperson mentioned the “PLA expelled US guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur that trespassed into China’s territorial waters in Xisha Islands in the South China Sea.

China expels US guided-missile destroyer (Image: Getty)

USS Curtis Wilbur destroyer

USS Curtis Wilbur destroyer (Image: Getty)

“China will resolutely safeguard its sovereignty and safety, regional peace and stability.”

Beijing accused the US of “provocation” after a guided-missile destroyer passed through the Taiwan Strait.

The US Navy released a statement explaining why the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Curtis Wilbur, was complying with international law.

The statement read: “The ship’s transit by way of the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US dedication to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

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US President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden (Image: Getty)

“The United States military will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows.”

However, China denounced the US Navy for “disrupting” peace within the contested waters.

A spokesman for China’s Eastern Theatre Command mentioned: “The US actions send the wrong signals to Taiwan independence forces, deliberately disrupting the regional situation and endangering peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

Taiwan has faced a longstanding conflict with mainland China since a separate government was established on the island following the Chinese Civil War in 1949.

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South China Sea crisis mapped

South China Sea crisis mapped (Image: Express)

The nation remains an important ally of Western countries due to its close proximity to Communist China.

Fears have erupted over recent weeks that under Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing will use military force to reunify Taiwan with mainland China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said last month: “I want to emphasise that abiding by the One China precept is among the issues that’s key to China-Australia relations.

“Taiwan is a part of Chinese territory which cannot be separated.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (Image: Getty)

“The Taiwan difficulty is solely China’s inside affair and is said to China’s core pursuits and we cannot settle for any exterior forces meddling or interfering on this.”

Pressure is mounting on ‘Quad’ members – including Australia, Japan, India and the US – to counter against China’s dominance over Taiwan.

In April, Mr Wang accused Canberra of “meddling” in Beijing’s internal affairs and argued how there was “no room for any type of Taiwan independence”.

He said: said: “Taiwan is an inalienable a part of China’s territory, and the Taiwan difficulty is solely China’s inside affairs that contain China’s core pursuits and permits no international interference.

USS guided-missile destroyer Curtis Wilbur

USS guided-missile destroyer Curtis Wilbur (Image: Getty)

“China must and will be reunified.

“We are prepared to do our utmost to try for the prospect of peaceable reunification, however won’t ever depart any room for any types of ‘Taiwan independence’ secessionist actions.

“We hope the Australian side can avoid sending any wrong signal to Taiwan independence forces and take more actions that is conducive to peace and stability across the strait and for China-Australia relations.”

Tensions between Australia and its largest buying and selling companion, China, drastically deteriorated final year when Prime Minister Scott Morrison referred to as for an impartial inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

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