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US Destroyer Sails Near Artificial Chinese Island in South China Sea

12 August 2017, 11:04 | Terri Saunders

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. Mc Cain

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. Mc Cain

This is not the first a United States ship has sailed close to the disputed island in the South China Sea, last month the USS Stethem sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton island in the Paracel archipelago, which is claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan.

Citing U.S. officials speaking on condition of anonymity, the newswire said USS John S. McCain sailed close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, an area which China is in a territorial dispute over with its neighbors.

In July, the USS Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island in the South China Sea for the second "fonop".

The maneuvers came at a time when the U.S.is trying to secure China's help with reining in communist North Korea.

"As you all know, United States forces will operate in the Asia-Pacific region".

"And the point of that is to demonstrate that the United States will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows".

Now it seems China's patience with the territorial row is running out. Its sweeping claims overlap with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei all ASEAN members as well as Taiwan.

This comes as the Trump administration has called on China to do more to reign in North Korea's nuclear missile program.

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"That is true in the South China Sea as in other places around the globe", she said.

The reef is part of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, which is the scene of rival claims between China and neighbouring countries. The operations are conducted in accordance with worldwide law.

Beijing claims nearly the entirety of the South China Sea, has deployed naval units and has reclaimed land from the sea to expand its presence, sparking protests from its neighbours.

"The Spratly Islands consist of more than 100 small islands or reefs surrounded by rich fishing grounds - and potentially by gas and oil deposits", the CIA World Factbook said.

"But provocative actions by the U.S. like this one have seriously harmed mutual strategic trust, and caused difficulties and obstacles in developing military-to-military relations".

"The US provocation also forced the Chinese side to take measures to further enhance the national defense capability", it added.

The Foreign Ministry also said tensions have eased because of regional efforts.



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