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US Navy challenges China's claims in disputed territory

US Navy challenges China's claims in disputed territory

China said it was "displeased" after a United States warship sailed close to one of its artificial islands in the South China Sea as part of a "freedom of navigation" operation.

The USS John McCain sailed past the Mischief Reef and the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea despite repeated warnings from a nearby Chinese frigate.

The expert also shared his thought on the possibility of an open military confrontation in the South China Sea.

The Chinese frigate "called and said 'Please turn around, you are in our waters, '" a USA defense official told the Guardian.

The spokesperson said China has indisputable sovereignty over Nansha Qundao and its adjacent waters and the recent acts of the United States warships violated global law.

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Tensions have risen recently after North Korea carried out two nuclear tests a year ago and two ICBM tests last month, prompting a strong round of U.N. sanctions which angered Pyongyang who threatened to teach the United States a "severe lesson".

In a statement in Beijing, Spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry, Gen Shuang called upon the US administration to refrain from any further action detrimental to the China-US mutual trust and regional stability. Thus, opposition from one country is enough to prevent a unified regional approach on a high-stakes geopolitical issue such as the South China Sea.

The U.S. exercise, the third of its kind to be held since President Donald Trump assumed office, was condemned as a violation of China's claim to sovereignty, CNN reported.

On Sunday, China and Asean Foreign Ministers adopted a framework of the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea, said Geng, noting that all parties affirmed the positive situation in the South China Sea and highly appreciated the early cooperation results, such as the China-Asean senior diplomats hotline.

In the latest sail-by, USA military officials notified Philippine counterparts of the maneuver, a Philippine official said, adding that Philippine forces were not involved. China has territorial disputes with its neighbors over the area.

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

Although the Philippines has taken steps to improve ties with China under its current leader, Rodrigo Duterte, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Friday "we don't find (the sail-by) objectionable".

The reef is some 150 miles from Palawan, the nearest major Philippine island, and more than 650 miles southeast of Hainan, a Chinese island-province that reaches into the South China Sea.

Japan worries that China's probing of its air defenses is part of a push to extend its military influence in the East China Sea and western Pacific, where Japan controls an island chain stretching 1,400 km south towards Taiwan. "Brunei claims an exclusive economic zone over this area", the CIA Factbook says.

China has refused to recognise a ruling by The Hague in 2016 that its historic "nine-dash line" claim to sovereignty over numerous islands is invalid, and is trying to reach its own settlement with rival claimants.

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