South China Sea: Beijing protests after US warship sails near disputed area

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) transits in formation with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Kirisame (DD 104) during bilateral training in South China Sea. Photo: Reuters

Such a move severely undermines China’s sovereignty and security: Chinese Foreign Ministry



LATEST NEWS  :     Beijing on Friday protested against a US warship passing through waters near the Spratly Islands, a disputed area in the South China Sea.


The USS John S. McCain on Thursday entered the waters near Mishchief Reef in the Spratly Islands to carry out freedom of navigation operations in the area, reports Efe news.



“Such a move severely undermines China’s sovereignty and security, and severely endangers the safety of frontline personnel of both sides,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in a statement.


He added that the Chinese navy identified the US warship, issued a warning and finally expelled it from the area, without giving further details.


Geng said China “has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands (Spratly) and their adjacent waters”, and called for a dialogue between Beijing and the governments of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries to solve the maritime dispute.


“It is clear who is not willing to see stability in the South China Sea and who is the major factor pushing for militarisation in the South China Sea,” the spokesperson said.


Attracted by the strategic military location and the prospect of oil, China, Taiwan, Brunei, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam have all laid territorial claim to the Spratly’s and have occupied several islands.




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