China protests U.S. 'freedom of navigation'

The USS John Mc Cain destroyer in the Asia Pacific region

This is not the first a U.S. ship has sailed close to the disputed island in the South China Sea, last month the USS Stethem sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton island in the Paracel archipelago, which is claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan.

Anonymous US officials told Reuters that the destroyer USS John S. McCain sailed close to the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, where China has a territorial dispute with its neighbours.

People walk in front of a monitor showing news of North Korea's fresh threat in Tokyo, Japan, August 10, 2017.

This, after the Asian Maritime Transparency Institute (AMTI) in Washington D.C. published photos Wednesday showing continuing land reclamation in the South China Sea.

In July, a USA warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan, Vietnam.

"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.

China expressed its "strong dissatisfaction" with the United States 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.

"Sinabi nila na walang additional reclamation, wala na silang pupuntahang reefs and shoals na ire-reclaim nila at gagawin nilang island".

It was the third mission aimed at challenging China's claim on the territory under the Trump administration.

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Geng said, "China has the firm determination to safeguard its territorial sovereignty and maritime interests".

Lorenzana did mention that his office would also ask the Department of Foreign Affairs headed by Sec.

"Freedom of navigation is guaranteed and anyone can do it so we just need to monitor", Padilla said in the same Palace press briefing.

The US military has a long-standing position that its operations are carried out throughout the world, including in areas claimed by allies, and they are separate from political considerations.

"Under the pretext of "navigation freedom", the United States side once again sent a military vessel into China's territorial waters off the Xisha Islands without China's approval".

Tokyo's ties with Beijing have always been plagued by a territorial dispute over a group of tiny, uninhabited East China Sea islets and the legacy of Japan's wartime aggression. "This clearly shows who does not want a stable South China Sea and who is the major force driving the militarization in these waters", the ministry spokesperson said.

It said China's artificial land bridge connecting North Island with neighboring Middle Island was washed out by Typhoon Sarika in October 2016.

The Joint Communiqué reflects the consensus of the ministers on issues concerning ASEAN, wherein Vietnam and the Philippines are member states.

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