China denies Qingdao port visit for US warship: report

August 28, 2019 15:38
China is reported to have rejected another request from the US Navy for port calls. Reuters

China has denied a request for a US Navy warship to visit the port city of Qingdao in recent days, Reuters reports, citing an unidentified US defense official.

A US Navy destroyer had planned to make a port call at Qingdao on Sunday, but the bid was rejected by Beijing, according to the report.

It marks at least the second time that China has denied a request by the United States this month, having earlier rejected a plan for two US Navy ships to visit Hong Kong, Reuters noted.

Asked why the request was denied, the US defense official was quoted as saying that the question should be directed to Beijing.

China’s defense ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment, Reuters said.

US military warships have occasionally made visits to China, most recently in 2017, the US defense official pointed out.

The last US Navy ship to visit Qingdao was said to be the destroyer Benfold in 2016.

Earlier this month, China denied a request by the US Navy transport dock ship Green Bay and guided-missile cruiser Lake Erie to visit Hong Kong. 

The denial of the permission came amid trade tensions between Beijing and Washington and anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

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