By Shen Chen (People’s Daily Online) 14:04, October 30, 2015
China’s navy Commander Wu Shengli warned his U.S. counterpart there could be“seriously pressing situation between the frontline forces from both sides on the sea and inthe air, or even accidental conflits” if the United States continues with its provocative actsin the South China Sea at a video teleconference on Thursday night.
The teleconference between the Chinese Admiral and U.S. navy’s Chief of NavalOperations Admiral John Richardson was called after the U.S. destroyer USS Lassenentered waters near Zhubi Reef, part of China’s Nansha Islands, without the permission ofthe Chinese government on Tuesday.
“Such dangerous and provocative acts have threatened China’s sovereignty and securityand harmed regional peace and stability,” Admiral Wu said.
He warned that China will “have to take all necessary measures to safeguard sovereigntyand security” if the United States persists going its own way and ignoring China’s concern.
“(I) hope the U.S. side cherishes the good situation between the Chinese and U.S. naviesthat has not come easily and avoids these kinds of incidents from happening again,” Wuadded at the teleconference.
The naval chiefs agreed to maintain dialogue and follow protocols to avoid clashes at theteleconference. The scheduled port visits by U.S. and Chinese ships and planned visits toChina by senior U.S. navy officers will also remained on track, Reuters reported earliertoday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday said in a statement that the ruling rendered onThursday by the Arbitral Tribunal established at the request of the Philippines onjurisdiction and admissibility of the South China Sea arbitration is null and void, and hasno binding effect on China.
Adm. John Richardson, the US Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), and China’s navycommander Adm. Wu Shengli are about to speak on Oct. 29 via video teleconference todiscuss the situation in the South China Sea and Sino-U.S. navy relations.
Calling the USS Lassen’s intrusion a “regular occurrence,” the US military put a gloss onits recent brazen provocation against China in the South China Sea, implying that morewarships might be sent within the 12 nautical mile-limit around China-controlled islands.China will have to escalate its countermeasures if Washington does so, and the situationwill worsen for the US.
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.