Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

United States warship sails close to Chinese-controlled features in South China Sea

United States warship sails close to Chinese-controlled features in South China Sea

China has lodged a representation with the United States after a USA destroyer intruded into China's territorial waters in the South China Sea.

She also said that China already lodged a protest to the U.S. government.

China's Defense Ministry said Wednesday that it sent a warship, two fighter jets and a helicopter to warn the US destroyer away, calling the move a "provocation".

The Paracel Islands have been controlled by China since 1974 but they are also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan.

The US "stirs up trouble" and runs "in the opposite direction from countries in the region who aspire for stability, cooperation and development", a statement from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at the time. The warship allegedly carried out a "freedom of navigation" operation near the islands, according to an exclusive report by Reuters.

The Chinese Defense Ministry denounced the operation as a "provocation" and said it was "firmly opposed to such flaunting of force and promotion of militarization in the region by the U.S., which could easily trigger accidents at sea and in the air". The trip will include a stop in China, which Trump has been pressuring to do more to rein in North Korea.

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Twelve nautical miles mark internationally recognized territorial limits.

USA ships have repeatedly sailed past the disputed islets in the South China Sea, triggering an angry reaction from China.

China's Foreign Ministry has also urged the United States to "respect the sovereignty and security" of the country and stop such "erroneous acts".

Xisha Islands are China's inherent territory, and China announced the baseline of territorial waters off these islands in 1996, according to Hua.

At a ceremony at the South Korean Embassy, Roh said he will explain to Beijing officials that Seoul's THAAD deployment is purely for defensive purposes against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats and is not aimed at China.

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