UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — China contends a U.S. warship violated both Chinese and international law when it sailed through the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
On Friday, Aug. 11, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the country is “strongly dissatisfied with this.”
Geng says the Chinese military immediately identified the USS John S. McCain and warned it to leave.
The American ship sailed within 12 nautical miles of one of China’s man-made islands on Thursday. The United States called it a freedom-of-navigation operation, which demonstrates it will operate wherever international law allows.
So these two world powers appear to interpret international law differently.
Beijing claims almost all of the South China Sea as its own, but the Philippines, Malaysia and others have staked competing claims.
The latest tension in the region comes as the U.S. seeks cooperation from China in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.