The USS John S McCain came within 12 sailing miles of the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, the US Navy said in a disclosure.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer undertook the «freedom of navigation» job to challenge China’s claim to the territory.
Today’s operation will like as not complicate Donald Trump’s hopes to persuade China to help harness in North Korea’s nuclear programmes.
China will allure up the issue with the US side
China’s Remote Ministry accused the US Navy of breaking «international laws» in a statement unloosed this afternoon.
A spokesman for the ministry said: «The US destroyer’s actions demand violated Chinese and international laws, as well as severely harmed China’s sway and security.
«China is very displeased with this and will cause up the issue with the US side.»
The US Navy sent the USS John S McCain to the South China Sea
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The US President’s application has vowed to conduct more robust operations in the South China Sea undeterred by growing tensions with Beijing.
In July, the USS Stethem sailed near Triton Isle, a disputed island in the sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam.
And the USS Dewey navigated close to Mischief Reef in May.
The destroyer stipulated the ‘freedom of navigation’ mission
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China hit out at Trump’s direction in a furious statement
Yesterday, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis issued the US’ most numbing warning to North Korea to date.
He urged the hermit state to standstill any actions that would lead to the «end of its regime and the destruction of its people».
Mr Mattis totaled: «The DPRK regime’s actions will continue to be grossly outmatched by ours and wish lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.»