Beijing says U.S. destroyer violated China's sovereignty & security

On Thursday, Beijing sent two Chinese warships to warn the U.S.S. John McCain to leave while conducting a Freedom of Navigation operation.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Defense Ministry responds to a U.S. Navy operation in the South China Sea.

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. "It has constructed several new facilities, including what appears to be a large administrative building in a newly-made clearing on the island", AMTI said.

The US move came four days after the United States, Australia and Japan denounced Beijing's island-building and militarisation of the South China Sea on the sidelines of a security forum of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila.

"Vietnam has always been the country in Asean that has the strongest suspicions of Beijing. because it shares both a maritime and land border with China", Zhang said.

China, which despite a pledge to the contrary, has continued to militarize the waters as it seeks to reinforce effective control of much of the waterway, through which at least $3 trillion in trade passes each year.

The US Department of State official also welcomed the Southeast Asian foreign ministers' reaffirmation of the importance of freedom of navigation.

The photos, with August 5, 2017 being the most recent release, showed infrastructure and land reclamation in the Tree Island and the North Island. That occurred around Triton Island in the Paracel archipelago, which is claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan.

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U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday the operations are being conducted "in accordance with worldwide law".

The operation took part in the South China Sea amid a backdrop of increasing tension in the region due to the ongoing North Korea crisis.

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

"They called and said 'Please turn around, you are in our waters, '" the newspaper's source said.

The archipelago is claimed in its entirety by China, Taiwan and Vietnam, while portions are claimed by Malaysia and the Philippines.

"All operations are conducted in accordance with global law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever worldwide law allows", he said.

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.

Dai Fan, also from Jinan University, said the South China Sea was more important to Vietnam than the Philippines.

  • Carlos Nash