World China says U.S. destroyer in South China Sea violated its security

20:45  10 august  2017
20:45  10 august  2017 Source:   Reuters

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A U . S . warship sailed close to disputed islands in the South China Sea , exercising its right to navigate through international waters. This entry was posted in National Security and tagged China , Military, Navy.

Pentagon officials said the U . S . Navy destroyer was conducting a routine freedom of navigation exercise, and said it will continue to He added that China will take all necessary measures to protect its security interests, and accused the U . S . of deliberately stirring up trouble in the South China Sea .

U.S. Navy handout photo of the USS John S. McCain at sea © REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cheng S. Yang/Handout U.S. Navy handout photo of the USS John S. McCain at sea China's foreign ministry said a U.S. navy destroyer that carried out a "freedom of navigation operation" on Thursday in the South China Sea had violated international and Chinese law and seriously harmed Beijing's sovereignty and security.

American officials earlier told Reuters the USS John S. McCain had traveled close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals, an area where China has territorial disputes with its neighbors.

"The U.S. destroyer's actions have violated Chinese and international laws, as well as severely harmed China's sovereignty and security," the ministry said late on Thursday in a statement on its website.

"China is very displeased with this and will bring up the issue with the U.S. side."

Reporting by Lee Chyen Yee in Singapore; Editing by Gareth Jones

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