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A Chinese warship sailed within yards of an American destroyer forcing it to change course in an ‘unsafe and unprofessional’ encounter in contested waters in the South China Sea.
The USS Decatur guided-missile destroyer was conducting what the military calls a ‘freedom of navigation operation’ on Sunday, when it passed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson reefs in the remote Spratly Islands.
The article goes on to state the following:
The 12-mile distance is commonly accepted as constituting the territorial waters of a landmass.
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