The U.S. Navy ship that had a confrontation with a Chinese military vessel in the South China Sea posed a threat to national security, China’s Global Times newspaper said amid escalating tensions off the country’s coast.
The U.S. ship got close to China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier, the Global Times newspaper said in an editorial. The Liaoning was deployed last month to the South China Sea, parts of which are also claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam.
“America is clearly right up against the front door of China,” the Global Times said. “The American ship coming close to the Liaoning for reconnaissance is already not ’innocent passage’ — it is already a threat to China’s national security.”