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China Claims American Warship ‘Illegally Intruded’ Into Sea, Then US Navy Responds

via ABC News
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China has accused a U.S. naval ship of illegally intruding into waters near the Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea, a disputed area between China and the Philippines.

The U.S. Navy denies the accusation, stating that the ship was conducting routine operations in international waters.

China claims sovereignty over most of the South China Sea, leading to tensions with neighboring countries and the U.S. over territorial disputes. (Trending: Tucker Reveals The Moment He Became A Full-Blown Trump Supporter)

People’s Liberation Army Southern Theater said, “The U.S. deliberately disrupted the situation in the South China Sea, seriously violated China’s sovereignty and security, seriously undermined regional peace and stability, and seriously violated international law and basic norms governing international relations, fully demonstrating that the U.S. is the biggest threat to peace and stability in the South China Sea.”

The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet denied the accusation, saying the ship “was conducting routine operations in international waters … consistent with international law.”

The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, based in Japan, saidit is located in the South China Sea to uphold, “a free and open Indo-Pacific region where all nations, large and small, are secure in their sovereignty, can resolve disputes without coercion, and have the freedom to navigate and fly consistent with international laws, rules and norms.”

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