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China demands US military withdrawal from South China Sea

A mysterious submarine collision that the US kept “secret” has sparked a war of words between America and China.

China has demanded that the US withdraw its military from the South China Sea because it “causes fear”.

Chinese state-controlled media has accused America of a “stupid mistake” after one of its submarines hit an unknown underwater object earlier this month.

Beijing, which insists the incident took place in its “territorial waters”, complains that Washington “deliberately delayed and concealed the details of the incident”.

The US Navy’s Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarine USS Connecticut was involved in a collision on 2 October in which several crew members were injured. It took five days for the incident to become known.

China’s Defense Ministry spokesman Senior Colonel Tan Kefei maintained pressure this week, saying Washington’s secrecy about the incident “can easily lead to misunderstandings and miscalculations.”

The submarine accident would “affect the safety of shipping in the South China Sea, cause serious concern and anxiety among countries along the South China Sea and pose a serious threat and risk to regional peace and stability,” he said.

Keeping the Anger

“The US military has long regularly sent aircraft carriers, strategic bombers, nuclear submarines and other advanced weapon systems to show muscle and stir up trouble in the South China Sea,” Colonel Tan said.

Washington, for its part, has accused Beijing of exactly the same thing.

Colonel Tan continued: “The US must stop its exploration of the adjacent seas and airspace of China’s islands and reefs in the South China Sea and its military deployment against China, and stop so-called ‘freedom of navigation’ operations .”

The United States, along with the South China Sea countries of Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia, disagree.

The Southeast Asian countries have territorial and exclusive economic zone rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. However, Beijing has rejected an international court of arbitration ruling that its claim to the entire South China Sea was unfounded.

But the war of words continues.

“A critical person can see at a glance that the United States is the main driver of the ‘militarization’ of the South China Sea and the ‘troublemaker’ undermining the peace and stability of the South China Sea,” said a Chinese-speaking Chinese. Read Colonel Tan’s account address.

“Thanks to the joint efforts of China and ASEAN countries, the situation in the South China Sea has slowed down recently and continues to show a positive development trend. The shipping routes have also been kept open and safe. The so-called ‘freedom of navigation and overflight’ by the United States is essentially a cover for the United States to challenge the rights and interests of other countries on the basis of its mighty maritime power.”

Connecticut’s untold story

What happened on October 2 remains shrouded in secrecy.

Details about the deficiencies that led to the accident have not yet been released. The same goes for the heroism of getting the damaged submarine – undetected – out of the South China Sea.

We don’t even know where the incident took place.

The brief U.S. Navy press release dated October 7 states that two sailors suffered moderate injuries and nine minor injuries.

There is no mention that the submarine should go undetected. A damaged warship near Chinese facilities would have been a valuable propaganda coup. And a potential intelligence disaster.

In 2001, a damaged US Aries II surveillance aircraft was forced to land on the Chinese island of Hainan after colliding with an intercepting fighter jet. The crew was returned after 10 days. The aircraft was disassembled and examined before being returned to the US in shipping containers.

At some point, the USS Connecticut was forced to surface – and stay on the surface – as it stumbled some 2,500 km toward the isolated naval base of Guam. That journey took about a week.

It was probably a harrowing experience, as submarines aren’t designed to stay on the surface for long — even if they’re undamaged.

“The submarine is in a safe and stable condition. USS Connecticut’s nuclear propulsion facility and spaces were unaffected and remain fully operational,” the US statement said.

The Navy has yet to further describe the damage the elite sub has sustained.

The USS Connecticut’s crew members remain isolated on Guam as they are interrogated and instructed on how to keep the mission secret.

The problem with secrets

“The Connecticut The nuclear submarine incident has once again demonstrated that the United States is the single largest source of risk to international nuclear security, the largest source of disaster for security in the South China Sea, and the largest destroyer of world peace and the regional security,” Colonel Tan said. .

Despite the irony amid further ‘live-fire’ naval and air exercises in the region, designed to confirm its dominance over the disputed sea, Beijing now appears determined to take advantage of Washington’s embarrassment.

The incident “has seriously threatened regional national security and exacerbated regional tensions,” Colonel Tan said. “This is exactly the cause and damage of this incident.”

Since the brief press release on October 7, Washington has remained silent.

the damaged one USS Connecticut stays out of sight of the naval base in the middle of the Pacific. And no military leadership — be it the US Navy or any civilian executive — has yet explained what happened or why.

As a result, Beijing has dominated the story.

“Did the accident cause nuclear leakage and damage to the marine environment? Will this affect the safety of navigation and fishing activities in the sea area where the incident occurred?” Colonel Tan asked for it. “Such irresponsible and secretive practices, in the absence of transparency, can easily lead to misunderstandings and miscalculations. China and countries around the South China Sea have no choice but to question the truth and intent of the US.”

Jamie Seidel is a freelance writer | @JamieSeidel

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