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.