U.S. warship USS Lassen illegally entered waters near Zhubi Reef, part of China’s NanshaIslands in the South China Sea, on October 27, 2015. China has monitored, tracked andissued warnings to the U.S. warship.
The U.S. move was long planned. U.S. media said in May that the U.S. navy wanted to“challenge” China’s construction projects in the South China Sea, and since September theU.S. navy has been laboring its views on South China Sea disputes and claiming to send awarship within 12 nautical miles of China’s islands. The U.S. has long caused trouble inSouth China Sea disputes even though it is not one of the parties concerned to the SouthChina Sea issue.
There is no doubt that the U.S. made such a move for strategic reasons: first, it deliberatelycreated tensions in the South China Sea so as to impede China’s safeguarding of its legalrights in the area; second, the move contributes to the implementation of U.S. regionalstrategy of “Asia-Pacific Rebalance”; third, the U.S. can take the chance to cozy up to itsallies.
The U.S. claimed “freedom of navigation” for other purposes . It is the U.S. actions thathave worsened tensions in the South China Sea.
China has responded to U.S. warship provocation with a clear-cut stand. What China doesis legitimate. China’s sovereignty in the South China Sea has historical and legalgrounding. Its construction, salvage and disaster prevention in this area demonstrate it isa responsible country.
China is determined to defend its sovereignty and safety and has taken actions to copewith the move of the U.S. warship which has threatened China’s sovereignty and safety.China warned the U.S. not go further, otherwise China will take all necessary measures.China hopes the U.S. will keep a clear mind. Troublemakers are bound to be condemned.
China also reminds the U.S. to consider the bigger picture in terms of Sino-U.S. relations.The two countries are working together to build a new type of major-country relations, andso they should focus on advancing this win-win cooperation. China never fears troubles,but the U.S. should never create troubles. If the U.S. plays with fire in South China Sea, theconsequences will be very serious.
The article is edited and translated from《美国务须保持头脑清醒（望海楼）》, source:People’s Daily Overseas Edition, author: Su Xiaohui, deputy director of the Departmentfor International and Strategic Studies at China Institute of International Studies.