CHINA THREAT: US Navy destroyer sent to disputed waters as Beijing fires warning

CHINA THREAT: US Navy destroyer sent to disputed waters as Beijing fires warning
 

The USS Hopper came within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island on Wednesday, China’s foreign ministry stated.
The small island, also known as the Scarborough Shoal, is a disputed territory also claimed by the Philippines.  
The US has slammed China for constructing islands and military installations in the region, arguing they could be used to obstruct free trade routes.
American officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, have said Wednesday’s “innocent passage” patrol was in accordance with international law. 
Twelve nautical miles is the territorial limit recognised... read more

 
20 January 2018 in World News, Views: 43
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