HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – According to China’s state newspaper Global Times, Chinese warships could “soon” appear near Hawaii and Guam.
The newspaper said warships may be underway after claims the U.S. Navy challenged international waters near Beijing.
Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin tweeted, “If Chinese warships one day cruise the Caribbean Sea or appear near Hawaii and Guam, hopefully the US will maintain the same standard of freedom of navigation. That day will come soon. “
The U.S. Navy responded to the tweet, saying it continues to uphold freedom of navigation, pointing out that Chinese spy vessels have sailed freely near Hawaii in the past.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard released images last month of an operation near the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, in which crews encountered four Chinese warships operating in international waters about 60 miles from U.S. soil.
“While the ships were in the US exclusive economic zone, they followed international laws and standards and never entered US territorial waters,” officials said.
This story can be updated.
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