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American warships passed near the disputed Islands in the South China sea, which aroused indignation of the authorities of China. This reports the South China Morning Post.
According to the publication, the destroyers of the naval forces (Navy) of the United States “Preble” (USS Preble), and “Chan Khun” (USS Chung-Hoon) with guided missiles passed within 12 nautical miles from the Spratly archipelago. For possession of this territory is claimed by both China and the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.
“The actions of US ships violated China’s sovereignty and shattered peace, security and order in the region”, — commented on the appearance of destroyers of the representative of the Chinese Ministry of defense Geng Shuang. He added that Beijing is very unhappy with the maneuvers of the U.S. Navy and protests.
The passage of ships was confirmed by the representatives of the U.S. Navy. According to the representative of the seventh fleet clay Doss, a maneuver designed to emphasize the neutrality of these waters and to ensure compliance with international law.
Earlier this year, American warships have twice went into the water that China considers its own. Over the past year this has happened five times for 2017 — four times.
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