China protests US ship near South China Sea island

Al Jazeera , Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
Thursday’s ‘freedom of navigation’ operation by the US is the third under President Trump [File: Na Son Nguyen/AP]

China has voiced discontent with the United States after an American warship sailed near an artificial island in the disputed South China Sea.

The USS John S McCain sailed within six nautical miles of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands on Thursday as part of a “freedom of navigation” operation, which prompted the Chinese navy to warn off the US destroyer.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Friday the operation had violated Chinese and international law, “seriously” impairing the country’s sovereignty and security as well as “endangering lives”. Tiếp tục đọc