Reuters: U.S. calls German warship’s plan to sail South China Sea support for rules-based order
Thu March, 2021, Age: 2 years
The U.S. applauded its NATO ally Germany’s plan to sail a warship across the South China Sea in August as a welcome support for a “rules-based international order,” something the U.S. maintains is imperiled by China. This will be the first time since 2002 that a German warship has traversed the contested waters of the South China Sea. “The United States has a national interest in the maintenance of peace and stability, respect for international law,” said a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department. German officials were far more subdued about the nature of the trip, making an effort to state that the warship would not pass within 12 nautical miles of any of China’s claims in the contested waterway.