Beijing: China recently sent a coast guard ship into the disputed waters of the South China Sea. This move is seen as provoking neighbours and the West.
According to media reports, the incident took place on July 1.
The reports said the vessel-track data showed it stopped at Subi Reef, one of China’s numerous military bases in the Spratly Islands, on July 2.
Senior political scientist for the US-based RAND Corporation and a professor at Marine Corps University, Andrew Scobell, sees this as Beijing’s moves to strengthen its claims, using all instruments of national power.
China sent another vessel, the Hai Yang Di Zhi 4, into Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone on June 30.
In retaliation, US Navy subsequently released a picture of one of its warships, the USS Gabrielle Giffords sailing just a few hundred yards from the Hai Yang 4, media reports said.