US warship sails into South China Sea
A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed disputed islands in the South China Sea claimed by China on Wednesday. U.S. stated that it is the part of their plan named "freedom of navigation operation".
The U.S. flagged navy vessel named Wayne E. Meyer, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, carried out the operation. The vessel had been travelling within 12 nautical miles (22 km) of Fiery Cross and Mischief Reefs.
“Facts have proven that the so-called ‘freedom of navigation’ of the United States is essentially a hegemony that ignores the rules of international law, seriously undermines China’s sovereignty and security interests, and seriously undermines the stability of the South China Sea region,” commented a spokesman for the southern command, Senior Colonel Li Huamin.
United Stated has reported that its warship had sailed within 12 nautical miles of both Fiery Cross and Mischief Reefs “in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law.” The U.S. military carries out many operations worldwide, including areas claimed by allies.
“We urge the U.S. side to immediately stop such kinds of provocative acts, to avoid causing unexpected incidents.” Li stated.
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