China accuses US Navy of 'provocative' manoeuvre

China accuses US Navy of 'provocative' manoeuvre

China has summoned the American ambassador after a US Navy warship sailed close to an artificial island in the South China Sea.

Executive Vice Minister Zhang Yesui told Max Baucus that the US had acted in defiance of repeated Chinese objections and had threatened China’s sovereignty and security, the Chinese foreign ministry said on its website.

Mr Zhang said yesterday’s “provocative” manoeuvre also placed personnel and infrastructure on the island in jeopardy.

China was “extremely dissatisfied and a resolutely opposed” the US actions, the ministry said.

The US State Department declined to confirm the meeting, or comment on any remarks made on the issue.

China says authorities monitored and warned the destroyer USS Lassen as it entered what China claims as a 12-mile (21km) territorial limit around Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands archipelago, a group of reefs, islets, and atolls where the Philippines has competing claims.

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