China says United States destroyer in South China Sea violated its security

Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Philippines Alan Peter Cayetano makes opening the speech of the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers Meeting in Manila Philippines

Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Philippines Alan Peter Cayetano makes opening the speech of the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers Meeting in Manila Philippines

The vessel passed the island at a distance of 12 miles as part of what the United States authorities called "freedom of navigation operation".

Geng said the Chinese navy "identified the USA warship, warned and expelled it".

Interaction between the Chinese and U.S. ships was "safe and professional", according to an unnamed USA official.

Perhaps, President Rodrigo Duterte and his Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano should also amend their profile photos to say "ONE WITH CHINA". Ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, on the Chinese-Indian border and on the Korean Peninsula will continue to produce new avenues of friction. China's Global Times newspaper labelled Australia, Japan and the United States "a little bit bad" after their statement. This is partly because not all 10 members are claimants to the South China Sea.

BEIJING-China expressed its "strong dissatisfaction" with the US over the Navy's latest freedom of navigation operation in which a warship sailed past one of China's man-made islands in the strategic South China Sea.

Tensions in the region escalated after China began to turn seven reefs in the Spratly group, including Mischief, which is also claimed by USA defence treaty ally the Philippines, into islands, including three with runways.

"Since then, China has undertaken additional reclamation on the Southern end of North island and built a retaining wall around the seven acres of new land to prevent further erosion", the organization said.

In July 2016, The Hague's Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled that China has no rights for territorial claims in the region.

Beijing has reclaimed land in massive dredging operations, turning sandbars into islands equipped with airfields, ports and lighthouses. It was referring to the United States and other countries that have called for China to respect worldwide laws, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The US destroyer Dewey did so in May.

Construction is shown on Mischief Reef, in the Spratly Islands, on June 19, 2017.

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Trump's "fire and fury" remarks prompted warnings from US officials and analysts not to engage in rhetorical games with Pyongyang. Haley said that as the United States declined to seek UN Security Council action after Pyongyang's second ICBM test that month.

The Guardian reported Friday a us official said the Chinese frigate sent radio warning at least 10 times to the USS McCain.

"They happen off the coast of Canada" and "in the waters off shore of our major allies, friends, partners all around the world", she said.

The official said the interactions were all "safe and professional", with the operation lasting about six hours.

"China holds indisputable sovereignty over Nansha Islands and surrounding waters", the Chinese Defense Ministry said early Friday.

China's foreign ministry said a USA navy destroyer that carried out a "freedom of navigation operation" on Thursday in the South China Sea had violated global and Chinese law and seriously harmed Beijing's sovereignty and security.

He also insisted that such operations "seriously endanger lives". USA officials say the military will continue to sail, fly and operate wherever permitted by worldwide law.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum in Manila on Monday that Beijing completed its South China Sea reclamation activities two years ago.

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The operation was illegal and carried out without permission from Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.

China's air force chief defended military manoeuvres in the Sea of Japan - also known as the East Sea - saying the waters did not belong to Tokyo, after a Japanese defence review warned of increasing Chinese military activity there.

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