China blocked a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier from arriving at a port in Hong Kong as tensions ratcheted up over disputed islands in the South China Sea, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed Friday.
The USS John C. Stennis and escort ships had planned to visit the port next week, Stars & Stripes reports. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not explain why it denied the request.
“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 claims virtually all of the strategically vital South China Sea and has tried to shore up its control by building islands on coral reefs complete with airstrips, harbors and radar stations.
Satellite images provided to Fox News earlier this month showed how China deployed new fighter jets to Woody Island in that same region.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is another sign of the lack of respect America receives under the leadership of the boy prince named Obama. We are disrespected on the world stage because word is out Obama lacks the testicular fortitude to take a stand and remind the world of the greatness that is America. and in my opinion China is making a mistake because I believe President Trump(when Elected) will deal China a lesson on respect
Signing off but never tapping out!
God Bless America