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New China-US counterclaims over US destroyer in South China Sea

Her Ministry of Defense China announced today, for the second day in a row, that it had placed it under surveillance and then forced it to leave guided missile destroyer USS Milnius, claiming it violated Chinese territorial waters near the Paracel Islands.

“We strongly demand the USA to stop these provocative actions immediately, otherwise they will suffer the serious consequences of unforeseen events,” a spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defense said in a press release.

The American Navy for his part, he reiterated that the vessel was exercising its right to “freedom of navigation”.

“The illegal and sweeping (Chinese) claims to South China Sea pose a serious threat to the freedom of the seas, including the freedoms of navigation and overflight, to free and unimpeded trade, and to the freedom of economic opportunity for countries bordering the South China Sea,” the 7th Fleet said in a written his statement received by Reuters news agency by email. US forces are operating daily in the South China Sea, the US Navy added.

It is the second consecutive day of confrontation and counter-complaints between the two great powers, the tension in their relationship it doesn’t stop going upbroadcasts APE-MPE.

China lays claim to most of the South China Sea, even inside the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of other states, including notably the Philippines. From the South China Sea Trillions worth of goods pass by ship every year.

Source: News Beast

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