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USS Wasp Denied Permission To Dock

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Danielle Perea, Staff Writer

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 The USS Wasp, a navy aircraft carrier, was denied permission to dock by China. The ship, which carries over 1,000 sailors and the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, was scheduled to make a port call in Hong Kong in a month.

  China has revoked permission to dock before, such as in 2016 with the USS John Stennis. Some believe this could be a sign of worsening relations between China and the United States. Tensions have been a result of the current trade war between the countries, as well as sanctions placed on China following the purchase of Russian combat aircraft and missile systems by the Chinese military.

  The trade war between China and the US has resulted in tariffs placed on imports for both countries. The United States has placed tariffs on imports from China that include steel, aluminum, and other products that total to $250 billion worth of products. Ford has announced that this costed them $1 billion in profit due to their importing of steel.

  China has not been the only country to deal with the US placing tariffs on them. In fact, levies on aluminum and steel were put on Mexico, Canada, and the European Union earlier this year. All three have retaliated with tariffs of their own, such as on imports of whiskey, bourbon, steel, cheese, pork, and other US products.

  The trade war, added with already existing tensions on the South China Sea and the fact that the United States has approved a $330 million arms deal with Taiwan, could be a reason for China’s decision. Since China still sees Taiwan as a separatist province, they are not fond of the United States’ action. The nation argues that arms sales to Taiwan damages Chinese security. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “China urges the US to… immediately withdraw the arms sales plan and stop military to military relations between the United States and Taiwan so as to avoid further damage to China-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

  As relations between the United States and China fluctuate, it is likely the USS Wasp will not be given permission to dock in Hong Kong in a month as previously.

 

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