US Navy challenges China's claims in disputed territory

US Navy challenges China's claims in disputed territory

US Navy challenges China's claims in disputed territory

"China has indisputable sovereignty of the Nansha Islands and its adjacent waters and such a move severely undermines China's sovereignty and security, and severely endangers the safety of frontline personnel of both sides", he said.

The Foreign Ministry pointed out that that the so-called USA "freedom of navigation" mission was carried out without authorization from Beijing, with has "indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands (Spratley) and its surrounding waters". That occurred around Triton Island in the Paracel archipelago, which is claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan.

Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Chris Logan declined to comment on whether there had been a freedom of navigation sailing but he said the United States would continue to do such operations.

China, which claims virtually the entire South China Sea, routinely protests such operations.

China claims almost all of the sea, through which $5 trillion in annual shipping trade passes and which is believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits.

In addition to freedom-of-navigation operations, the USA has also conducted bomber overflights in the South China Sea.

Missile systems and other defense infrastructure are believed to have also been installed on the islands, which the United States and China's neighbors fear could be used to project Chinese power into the area and potentially obstruct freedom of navigation.

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

On that occasion China accused America of "trespass" and deployed their military in a sabre-rattling attempt to scare the navy off.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Defense Ministry responds to a U.S. Navy operation in the South China Sea.

President Trump has been calling on China to do more to rein in North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, but with little success.

"All operations are conducted in accordance with global law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever worldwide law allows", he said.

Beijing upbraided the United States for the Thursday's operation - the third reported under the Trump administration.

The photos, with August 5, 2017 being the most recent release, showed infrastructure and land reclamation in the Tree Island and the North Island.

Beijing and ASEAN Foreign Ministers have recently adopted a framework of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

"They called and said 'Please turn around, you are in our waters, '" he said.

The archipelago is claimed in its entirety by China, Taiwan and Vietnam, while portions are claimed by Malaysia and the Philippines. "We told them we are a usa [ship] conducting routine operations in global waters".

China's "nine-dash line" - its claimed territorial waters that extend hundreds of miles to the south and east of its island province of Hainan - abut its neighbors' claims and, in some cases, encroach upon them.

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