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China says U.S. destroyer in South China Sea violated its security

China says U.S. destroyer in South China Sea violated its security

China's defence ministry said two Chinese warships "jumped into action" and warned the USA ship to leave, labelling the move a "provocation" that seriously harms mutual trust.

With the concerted efforts of countries in the region, the situation in the South China Sea has stabilised, he said.

The U.S. destroyer sailed 6 nautical miles past Mischief Reef Thursday as part of a freedom of navigation operation in global waters, a U.S. navy official said on condition of anonymity.

According to Reuters, the maneuver by the USS John S. McCain was the third in a "freedom of navigation operation" or "fonop".

China claims nearly all of the South China Sea and is now building multiple artificial islands there to control the area, which more than half of the world's annual cargo fleet passes through. The reef is an artificial island built by China in the Spratly Islands, known by China as the Nansha Islands.

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The operations, according to anonymous officials, were meant to challenge China's claim on trade routes now contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

The sprawling base on the coast of the South China Sea is one of PLAN's three major bases, and PLAN is now poised for major expansion.

Recently, China-ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting adopted the framework of the Code of Conduct (COC).The Code of conduct states that South China Sea disputes should be addressed through negotiations and consultations among the countries directly concerned, and China and ASEAN countries should work together to safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said threats against the US from North Korea would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen." .

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

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Territorial waters are defined by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea as extending no more than 12 nautical miles from a state's coastline.

The Australian, American and Japanese Foreign Ministers in Manila last weekend for the ASEAN meet.

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.

Beijing has reclaimed land in massive dredging operations, turning sandbars into islands equipped with airfields, ports and lighthouses.

But analysts feel the opening of the first Chinese military base overseas was in tune with PLAN's ambitions to expand its global reach amidst China's growing economic and political footprint. "Brunei claims an exclusive economic zone over this area", the CIA Factbook says.

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