Wednesday, March 30, 2016

““Chinese Warship 575, this is U.S. Warship 62. Today is a...

""Chinese Warship 575, this is U.S. Warship 62. Today is a sunny day for a sea voyage, over." "U.S. Warship 62, this is Chinese Warship 575. Today's weather is great. It is a pleasure to meet you at sea." In the disputed waters of the South China Sea, 2 warships, each loaded with missiles, torpedoes and heavy artillery, confronted each other at sea with an exchange of weather pleasantries. From Mischief Reef, where China is building a military base, to Scarborough Shoal, where the Chinese are building outposts on disputed territory far from the mainland, the United States and China are on an almost continuous state of alert. America's goal is to keep the sea, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, open to all maritime traffic. But officials are worried that tensions are only rising due to a case brought by the Philippines, accusing China of making an "excessive claim" to most of the sea. @bdentonphoto captured sailors aboard the Chancellorsville cruiser U.S.S. preparing to raise anchor at a Malaysian port. #🚢" By nytimes on Instagram.

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