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China blocks US Navy aircraft carrier from Hong Kong port

"No matter how many and how frequently U.S. ships come to the South China Sea, that would not change the fact that the islands and adjacent islands are China's inherent territory”

Fox News reporting: Tensions escalate in the Pacific after China blocked a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier from arriving at a port in Hong Kong amidst the dispute over islands in the South China Sea. This information comes directly from a Pentagon spokesman.

The Chinese authorities did not explain why they denied the docking to the USS John C. Stennis and escort ships, but China’s claim of ownership over all of the strategically vital China Sea could be the reason for such provocative actions.

"We have a long track record of successful port visits to Hong Kong, including with the current visit of the USS Blue Ridge, and we expect that will continue,” Cmdr. Bill Urban told Fox News. The USS Blue Ridge is a Navy command ship.

China wants to resolve the longstanding dispute through dialogue and accused the U.S. of raising tensions by challenging the Chinese actions with what are known as freedom of navigation patrols. Taiwan, the Philippines, and others claim parts of the sea.

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Wu Qian, when asked about calls in the U.S. for stepped-up naval activity in the South China Sea, summed up China's hard line on its sovereignty claim in a new formulation claim he called the "Three No's."

"No matter how many and how frequently U.S. ships come to the South China Sea, that would not change the fact that the islands and adjacent islands are China's inherent territory, it would not stop the pace of China's growth and development and even more, it would not shake the will of the People's Liberation Army in resolutely safeguarding the sovereignty and security of China."

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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