China lodges ‘stern’ protest over US warship sailing through SCS


China lodged a “stern” diplomatic protest with the US on Monday after its guided-missile destroyer sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea, asserting that America should stop such “provocative” action and create an enabling environment for successful negotiations on the ongoing trade dispute.

The US guided-missile destroyer McCampbell sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea as officials of both the countries kicked off their first face-to-face talks here to resolve the trade dispute during which the world’s top two economies have imposed import duties on more than USD 300 billion of each other’s goods.

US Pacific Fleet spokeswoman Rachel McMarr said US vessel carried out a freedom of navigation operation, sailing within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Island chain, “to challenge excessive maritime claims”. Read More

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