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Beijing claims United States destroyer violated China's sovereignty & security

11 August 2017

Earlier in the day, United States guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain sailed within six miles from the man-made Mischief Reef in the Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea, during a "freedom of navigation exercise" in the disputed region.

In July, Beijing expressed its outrage over USA guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem entering the waters off the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, known in China as the Xisha Islands.

Earlier in July, China accused US Navy's USS Stethem destroyer of trespassing its territorial waters by sailing within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, part of the Paracel Islands.

SEOUL • Lawmakers in South Korea are moving to introduce a new law that would ban employers from sending work-related messages outside work hours. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the USA actions violated Chinese law as well as worldwide law, and constituted a serious political and military provocation.

Tensions between Washington and Beijing over how to thwart North Korea's nuclear ambitions rose as the U.S. sent a navy destroyer into waters claimed by China.

Thursday's operation, first reported by Reuters, was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, and comes as Trump is seeking China's cooperation to rein in North Korea.

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If all-out war does break out between the U.S. and the hermit state, long-time Kim Jong-un ally China will be forced to pick sides.

Twelve nautical miles marks the territorial limits recognized internationally.

The US supports neither nation's claims and insists that the sea should be a neutral space available for free navigation. It was not immediately clear if the Chinese demanded the USA destroyer leave as they have done in the past.

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

The Trump administration has vowed to conduct more robust South China Sea operations.

The Spratly islands are claimed or partly occupied by China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam and Brunei.

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Now it seems China's patience with the territorial row is running out.

But Washington's patrols have often angered Beijing because the U.S. is not a claimant in the territorial dispute in the mineral-rich South China Sea.

"We told them we are a USA (ship) conducting routine operations in worldwide waters".

A war of words between the USA and North Korea reached unprecedented new levels this... That angered Pyongyang which has threatened to teach the United States a "severe lesson".

Trump this week warned North Korea it faced "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten America.

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