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‘US warship entering China’s territorial waters a grave offense’
    2017-July-4  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

CHINA resolutely opposed the illegal entry of a U.S. missile destroyer into China’s territorial waters off the Xisha Islands, calling it “a serious offense,” a military spokesperson said yesterday.

Wu Qian, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense, said in a statement that China had dispatched military vessels and fighter planes to warn the U.S. vessel.

Earlier Sunday, the missile destroyer USS Stethem trespassed into China’s territorial waters off the Xisha Islands.

This is the second time that U.S. naval ships have carried out such an operation since President Donald Trump took office. The first was in May when a U.S. warship entered Meiji Islands in the Nansha Archipelago.

The U.S. has seriously undermined mutual strategic trust and the political atmosphere for the development of mutual military relations, Wu said.

It has also threatened the safety of front-line soldiers and damaged regional peace and stability gravely, the spokesperson said.

The Chinese military will strengthen its defense ability according to the level of threat to national security and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and security, Wu said.

The Chinese government announced its baseline for its territorial waters around Xisha Islands in 1996, yet the U.S. side continues to send warships to trespass and provoke in Chinese territorial waters.

In January last year, another U.S. destroyer also sailed within 12 nautical miles of islands in the Xisha Archipelago.  (Xinhua)

 

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