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China called the presence of American ships in the South China sea a «grave provocation»

Beijing reacted sharply to the presence of the ship Stethem us Navy in the disputed waters of the South China sea, calling the move «a serious political and military provocation», reports the BBC.

The incident occurred shortly before a planned telephone conversation between the leaders of the two States. In a White house statement issued following the talks, did not mention the discussion of the recent conflict, and said only that the leaders have once again assured each other in their quest for nuclear disarmament of the Korean Peninsula.

It is reported that the warship USS Stethem approached to a distance of 12 nautical miles to the shores of the island of Triton.

Recall, U.S. Secretary Rex Tillerson has repeatedly stated that the establishment of China’s artificial Islands in disputed waters of the South China sea is invalid.

In the summer of 2016, the Tribunal in the Hague ruled that China «has no legal basis» for the ownership of part of the waters of the South China sea, claimed in the framework of the «historical rights». Beijing did not recognize the court’s decision.

China called the presence of American ships in the South China sea a «grave provocation» 03.07.2017

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