United States dares China, takes naval warships to Chinese waters without permission
00:13, Aug 12, 2017
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China's foreign ministry said the operation had violated worldwide and Chinese law and seriously harmed Beijing's sovereignty and security.
The spokesperson said China has indisputable sovereignty over Nansha Qundao and its adjacent waters and the recent acts of the United States warships violated worldwide law. China has used dredged sand to expand the original reef into an artificial island big enough to hold an airstrip.
China's Defence Ministry said it expressed its strong opposition to the United States for the "show of force".
The US supports neither nation's claims and insists that the sea should be a neutral space available for free navigation.
MALACAÑANG said Friday that Southeast Asian bloc should tackle China's continued land reclamation and militarization activities in the disputed South China Sea, if reports are proven to be "accurate".
China, which claims the South China Sea virtually in entirety, has protested such repeated US military operations, which President Donald Trump's administration has continued partly to reassure allies locked in territorial rifts with Beijing.
Beijing claims nearly the entirety of the South China Sea, has deployed naval units and has reclaimed land from the sea to expand its presence, sparking protests from its neighbours. The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a similar statement.
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"It would be best if this apparent evidence can be vetted for accuracy if only to prove the trust and confidence that all disputants over the territory in South China Sea.need to have in each other moving forward", said President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman.
He said there was a limit to Vietnam's approach because of the uncertainty of the Trump administration's Asia-Pacific policy and its lack of interest in challenging China on the maritime front.
Japan's Defense White Paper reads that Beijing has been trying to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas based on its own claims, and this has become a common concern for the region and the whole world.
Firing back at criticism of China's activities, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday that China had "stopped or already completed land reclamation" on its holdings in the South China Sea two years ago.
"We told them we are a United States ship conducting routine operations in global waters".
Dai Fan, also from Jinan University, said the South China Sea was more important to Vietnam than the Philippines. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have overlapping claims.
Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Chris Logan declined to comment on whether there had been a freedom of navigation operation, but said: "All operations are conducted in accordance with global law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever worldwide law allows".
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