Chinese warships close to the US

Four Chinese warships sailed within the exclusive economic zone around the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, prompting the US to deploy coast guard ships to monitor.

The USCGC Bertholf patrol boat encountered four Chinese naval ships near the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska at the end of August, but the photos were only released by the US Coast Guard on September 13, after Beijing criticized the allegations. freedom of navigation patrols conducted by Washington in the Pacific.

The Bertholf ship followed the group of Chinese warships on August 30.  Photo: USCG.

The Bertholf patrol boat followed the group of Chinese warships on August 30. Photo: USCG.

“During a routine patrol in the Bering Sea and the Arctic on August 30, the Bertholf patrol boat detected and established radio communication with a fleet of Chinese naval vessels in the US exclusive economic zone outside the United States. off the Aleutian Islands. Interactions between the two sides are in accordance with international rules and laws. Chinese forces do not intrude into US territorial waters,” the US Coast Guard said when publishing the photo.

The US Coast Guard did not identify the ships in the Chinese fleet, saying they included a guided missile cruiser, a guided missile destroyer, an intelligence ship and a logistics ship.

Japanese officials on August 24 announced that a group of four Chinese warships sailed through the Soya Strait and headed for the US exclusive economic zone off the state of Alaska. The force consists of a Type-055 heavy cruiser, a Type-052D anti-aircraft destroyer, a Type-093 supply ship and a 799 reconnaissance ship.

The voyage of the Chinese battleship group and the Alaska exclusive economic zone (blue).  Graphics: Twitter/Vcdgf555.

The voyage of the Chinese battleship group and the Alaska exclusive economic zone (blue). Graphics: Twitter/Vcdgf555.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, a newspaper belonging to the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, on September 8 criticized the activities of US warships in the Pacific, including the presence of US warships in the Pacific Ocean. of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group in the South China Sea.

“Hopefully the US will abide by the standard of freedom of movement when Chinese warships pass through the Caribbean or Guam. That will happen soon,” Hu wrote on Twitter.

The Aleutians are a chain of volcanic islands stretching from mainland Alaska to the western edge of the Bering Sea. It is home to the most extreme weather and most desolate territory on the North American continent, but is strategically important as the islands form a natural corridor between the Eastern and Western hemispheres.

Vu Anh (Follow Drive)

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