by Jason Ditz, The Anti Media:
US naval operations in the South China Sea are built primarily around needling China. China has built up a number of islands and claims ownership of them. The US insists China doesn’t own them, and also that they’re not really islands, so the USS Decatur, a guided-missile destroyer, was sent to sail past one of the islands, as a way to thumbing their nose at Chinese claims.
That doesn’t work for China, who sent one of their own destroyers to intercept the American ship, which was just 12 nautical miles off the Spratly Islands. China called the US ship’s presence a “threat” and said the Chinese ship was sent there to tell them to leave.