US Navy destroyer challenges Beijing in South China Sea

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 12, 2017

The US navy destroyer, which sailed closed to the island claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, has violated worldwide law and endangered China's national security, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

McCain sailed near Mischief Reef in a "freedom of navigation" operation.

The ship entered the Meiji Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands on Thursday.

Washington is dependent on Beijing to rein in the belligerent North Korea.

The operation came as President Donald Trump's administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea's missile and nuclear programs and could complicate efforts to secure a common stance.

The dispute over the McCain revolves around China's claim of sovereignty to the Spratlys, one of many quarrels in the contentious region.

"It is clear who is not willing to see stability in the South China Sea and who is the major factor pushing for militarization in the South China Sea".

China expressed "strong dissatisfaction" Friday, after a USA warship sailed near an artificial island in the strategic South China Sea. The island itself is claimed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

"China is resolutely opposed to this kind of show of force and pushing of regional militarization by the US that may easily cause an unexpected incident at sea or in the air", it said in a statement.

He said Chinese Navy identified the USA warship, warned and expelled it.

"China is strongly dissatisfied with this", Geng said in a statement, adding that Beijing would lodge an official protest with Washington.

Such operations, Nauert said, get the "most attention" when they occur in the South China Sea.

"They called and said 'Please turn around, you are in our waters, '" the newspaper's source said.

But Nicole Schwegman, spokeswoman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said that USA forces operated in the Asia Pacific region on a daily basis.

"We told them we are a usa [ship] conducting routine operations in worldwide waters".

The United States has said that it would like to see more global participation in freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea. It's true in the South China Sea.

The ruling invalidated Beijing's claim to sovereignty over large swaths of the South China Sea.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak to the press about the matter.

It is the third time this year that U.S. ships traveled within 12 nautical miles of land claimed by China, the report said.

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