China protests to US over sail-by in dis­puted wa­ters

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Beijing, China - China said on Wed­nes­day it has lodged a protest with the United States af­ter an Amer­i­can war­ship sailed near dis­puted is­lands in the South China Sea. The US Navy mis­sile de­stroyer Chafee en­tered into ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters near the San­sha is­lands on Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to China’s for­eign min­istry.

China im­me­di­ately sent mil­i­tary ves­sels and air­craft for iden- tifi­ca­tion and warned the US ship to leave, min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing told a brief­ing.

“The US ves­sel ac­tion vi­o­lated Chi­nese laws and rel­e­vant in­ter­na­tional laws, un­der­mined China’s sovereignty and se­cu­rity in­ter­ests,” Hua said.

A US de­fence min­istry spokesman re­fused to con­firm the ma­noeu­vre.

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