A U.S. Navy destroyer was ordered to leave the man-made island in the South China Sea by Chinese warships after it reportedly entered its territory.
A U.S. Navy destroyer in the vicinity of a man-made island in the South China Sea was told to leave the area by Chinese warships, a Chinese defense official said Thursday.
Ren Guoqiang, a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman, said China sternly warned the U.S. over its patrol near the disputed territory and that the moves were ânot conducive to peace and stabilityâ in the region, Reuters reported.
The destroyer was less than 12 nautical miles from a man-made island, he said.
The USS Dewey, a guided-missile destroyer, made the passage near the Mischief Reef.
The patrol was the first âfreedom of navigation operationâ to occur near a Chinese artificial island since President Trump took office in January, a U.S. defense official told Fox News.
Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, declined to comment to the newspaper on the operation.
âWe operate in the Asia-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea,â he said in a statement to The Wall Journal Street.
âWe operate in accordance with international law.â He added that the patrols are ânot about any one country, or any one body of water.â
The U.S. deployed its aircraft carrier and a submarine to the Korea Peninsula following North Koreaâs missile launch provocations.
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