China says US warship ‘violated’ its sovereignty – Channel NewsAsia

BEIJING: Beijing said on Saturday (Jan 20) it had dispatched a warship to drive away a US missile destroyer which had “violated” its sovereignty by sailing close to a shoal in the disputed South China Sea.

The USS Hopper sailed within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island on the night of Jan 17 without alerting Beijing, the foreign ministry said, referring to the shoal by its Chinese name.

Also known as Scarborough Shoal, the ring of reefs lies about 230km from the Philippines in the South China Sea, where Beijing’s claims are hotly contested by other nations.

The US vessel “violated China’s sovereignty and security interests” and put the safety of nearby Chinese vessels “under grave threat”, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.


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