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US Navy Flexes in South China Sea, Reminding Beijing to Behave

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As the authoritarian regimes of the world continue to consolidate their horrific aims, the United States remains steadfast in her opposition to tyranny and authoritarianism wherever it may fester.

This is especially true today, as China’s continued harassment of Taiwan appears to have been emboldened by Russia’s arbitrary invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent effectiveness of the Kremlin’s nuclear threats.

This week, the US Navy made sure to give Beijing a serious reminder of America’s military prowess, perhaps as a not-so-subtle deterrent against making trouble in the region.

The U.S. Navy on Wednesday sailed a destroyer close to China-controlled islands in the South China Sea in what Washington said was a patrol aimed at asserting freedom of navigation through the strategic seaway.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold sailed past the Paracel Islands and continued thereafter with operations in the South China Sea.

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The operation “upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea,” the 7th Fleet said in a news release.

It seems as though China got the message…loud and clear.

In response to the Benfold’s passage, China’s Southern Theater Command tracked the vessel’s movements and ordered it to leave the area, Air Force Col. Tian Junli was quoted as saying on the Defense Ministry’s website.

“Our troops in the military area are on high alert at all times to safeguard national sovereignty, security and peace and stability in the South China Sea,” the ministry said.

China has long considered the entire arena under their control, despite the massive amount of international trade that flows through on a regular basis.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.