China protests United States 'freedom of navigation'

2011 the USS John S. Mc Cain destroyer sails off the coast of Vietnam

"The document nearly didn't happen because of disagreement over references to the South China Sea disputes, with Vietnam leading the push for stronger language despite objections from Cambodia and the host, the Philippines".

Construction is shown on Mischief Reef, in the Spratly Islands, on June 19, 2017.

China, which claims the South China Sea virtually in entirety, has protested such repeated USA military operations, which President Donald Trump's administration has continued partly to reassure allies locked in territorial rifts with Beijing.

Wang's claim "is false" and China's reclamation work "did not end in mid-2015 with the completion of its artificial islands in the Spratlys", said the report.

"China is resolutely opposed to this kind of show of force and pushing of regional militarization by the United States that may easily cause an unexpected incident at sea or in the air", Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The Chinese army immediately sent warships (to the area) in accordance with the law to implement the identification of the United States ship and warn it off, " the spokesperson said.

The think tank cited the recent 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Manila, wherein a joint communique was issued August 6 after a long debate.

Col Wu said that the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islets are China territory, which is fully backed by historical and legal documents.

On Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert was asked at a briefing whether "freedom of navigation" and other issues serve to "make for a more hard campaign on North Korea with China".

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"They called and said 'Please turn around, you are in our waters, '" the newspaper's source said.

Nicole Schwegman, spokeswoman for the US Pacific Fleet, said US military forces operate in the Asia Pacific region on a daily basis. "The operations are conducted in accordance with global law", she said.

The United States has said that it would like to see more worldwide participation in freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea.

In its Defence White Paper approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday, Japan claimed that "China tried to change the status quo in East China Sea and South China Sea based on its own assertions, and this has become a common concern of the region and the world at large".

The Djibouti base will also provide a resting place for Chinese navy personnel, he said.

"The US military's provocative actions will only encourage the Chinese military to further strengthen the defence capacity building and firmly defend national sovereignty and security", said Wu.

A leading USA think tank, meanwhile, released a new report documenting what it said was continuing reclamation work on Chinese-controlled islands in the area despite a recent claim by China's foreign minister that such work had stopped two years ago.

China's "nine-dash line" - its claimed territorial waters that extend hundreds of miles to the south and east of its island province of Hainan - abut its neighbors' claims and, in some cases, encroach upon them.

The archipelago is claimed in its entirety by China, Taiwan and Vietnam, while portions are claimed by Malaysia and the Philippines.

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