A “dangerous” Chinese destroyer came within feet of a US warship in the South China Sea this week; with stunning new photos showing how close the two vessels came to a devastating collision.
According to Fox News, the People’s Republic of China Destroyer Luoyang came within 45 yards of the USS Decatur before the American warship was forced to change course to avoid a full-fledged disaster.
“The USS Decatur, a guided-missile destroyer, was conducting a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea, a U.S. defense official told Fox News in a statement. The operation was conducted to ‘uphold the rights and freedoms of all states under international law. Decatur sailed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly Islands,’” writes Fox News.
The Chinese government claims the rights to the region and harshly opposes the entry of any foreign ships into the waterway without permission from Beijing.
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