China says U.S. warship violated its South China Sea sovereignty

中 국방부 "남중국해 근접한 美구축함 쫓아내…주권침해 말라"
China is fuming after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near a contested reef in the South China Sea last week.
The incident was said to have taken place last Wednesday some 20 kilometers off Huangyan Island, better known as the Scarborough Shoal, which is subject to a rival claim by the Philippines.
Beijing's foreign ministry says the U.S. Navy had violated China's sovereignty and security interests, adding it will take "necessary measures" to protect them.
U.S. officials said the patrol was in line with international law and was an "innocent passage."
Washington has criticized Beijing for constructing islands and military installations in the South China, saying they could be used to restrict free movement in a critical global trade route.
China has expressed anger over America's repeated "freedom of navigation" operations, which the U.S. military says are separate from political considerations.

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