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China protests U.S. warship approaching reef of Nansha Islands

2017-08-11 09:05:46       source:Xinhua News Agency

August 11, 2017


China on Thursday voiced strong protest against a U.S. Navy warship passing close to the Meiji Reef of the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea.


The USS John S. McCain illegally entered the waters near the reef and conducted a so-called "freedom of navigation operation" on Thursday without permission of the Chinese government, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said, adding the Chinese Navy identified the U.S. warship, warned and expelled it.


"Such a move severely undermines China's sovereignty and security, and severely endangers the safety of frontline personnel of both sides," he said.


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