Tension grows in the South China Sea

A British warship intentionally sailed a little too close to Chinese-occupied territory in the South China Sea. The Chinese navy responded by telling the British navy to leave the area.

The British navy stayed its course.

Last month, the U.S. navy sent a reconnaissance plane through the same area, past a Chinese military barracks recently set up on an island in the South China Seas. The Chinese navy radioed the U.S. plane six times to tell it to “leave immediately and keep out to avoid any misunderstanding.”

The response from the U.S. pilot? “I am a sovereign immune US naval aircraft conducting lawful military activities beyond the national airspace of any coastal state,” the crew replied. “In exercising these rights guaranteed by international law, I am operating with due regard for the rights and duties of all states.”

Things are a little tense in the South China Sea. Want to know why? Geek out on it here.

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