China: US is a 'Security Risk' in South China Sea

Image copyright: PLA Southern Theater Command [via Global Times]

The Facts

  • Chinese officials stated on Wed. that the US is a "security risk creator for the South China Sea" after the People's Liberation Army declared it had to warn and drive the destroyer USS Benfold away from its territorial waters near the Paracel Islands.

  • This comes as US Navy 7th Fleet carried out its third "freedom of navigation operation" so far this year with an intent to curb perceived PRC "excessive" claims and violations of international law in the South China Sea.


The Spin

Pro-China narrative

Once again, the US has violated Chinese sovereignty and international law, exposing its hegemonic and militarized approach to the South China Sea. Despite urging dialogue with Beijing, American forces undermine the stability of the region and create risks to peace.

Anti-China narrative

Beijing's claims to the South China Sea pose a severe threat to freedom of navigation, overflight, and free trade. To ensure these rights, the US has been carrying out navigation in full accordance with international law, which allows passage through these waters.

Nerd narrative

There's a 3% chance that there will be a deadly clash involving gunfire or explosives between the US and China before 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.



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