On August 13, Colonel Christensen, a spokesman for the US Pacific Fleet, confirmed that China had refused two US warships, the amphibious dock transport vessel LPD-20 and the cruiser Lake Erie (CG-70), to visit Hong Kong, according to the News Network of the US Naval Academy.
Green Bay is a vessel of the Amphibious Guard Group (ARG) of the Hornet. It carries about 700 Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan. The Hornet Amphibious Guard Brigade recently completed the Talisman Sabre exercise in Australia. Lake Erie is a missile cruiser based in San Diego, California.
This is not the first time that China has refused a U.S. warship to visit Hong Kong. The Wall Street Journal reported last September that China rejected the application of the U.S. Navy Amphibious Attack Vessel Hornet to visit Hong Kong in October. Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, responded to questions about the matter by saying: China has been examining and approving such requests on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the principle of sovereignty and specific circumstances.
In 2016, China also refused the US Navy Stannis to visit Hong Kong. Earlier in 2014, China refused to allow the US missile destroyer Halsey to visit Hong Kong.
Source: Global Network Responsible Editor: Li Zaixing_NBJS9026