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China protests US warship approaching reef of Nansha Islands

11 August 2017

China on Thursday voiced strong protest against "freedom of navigation operation" by the U.S. Navy warship passing close to the Meiji Reef of the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said the USS John S. McCain illegally entered the waters near the reef without permission of the Chinese government. 

The Chinese Navy identified the U.S. warship, warned and expelled it. China has the firm determination to safeguard its territorial sovereignty and maritime interests.