China rages at Trump after he sends WARSHIP to disputed territory

US warship sails close to China-held island in disputed sea

China accused the United States of a blatant violation of its sovereignty, as well as global law after the USS John S. McCain destroyer sailed close to the disputed Spratly Islands, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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.

The string of islets in Spratly archipelago is where China is reported to be building new facilities, paving the way for Beijing to deploy an array of military assets in the region.

China warned on Friday that United States' freedom of navigation patrols in disputed areas of the South China Sea would trigger militarisation in the region and could spark an unplanned clash.

In Trump's first US Freedom of Navigation operation in May, the USS Dewey sailed near the Mischief Reef claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, an act condemned by China.

China "scored a coup" during ASEAN's latest security summit when ASEAN countries issued a watered-down statement on the South China Sea disputes.

"He made that statement in context of Philippine claims, walang nire-reclaim ang (no reclamations are being made by) China regarding matters pertaining to us, patungkol sa atin".

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"At this time, if you ask who is carrying out reclamation, it is definitely not China-perhaps it is the country that brings up the issue that is doing it", Wang said.

Donald Trump has also impacted on US-China relations with his insistence that Beijing rein in North Korea.

He stressed there is a need to verify the report and photographs presented by Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (AMTI-CSIS) about the continued reclamation activities in the South China Sea.

The ship entered the Meiji Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands on Thursday.

The CSIS report said 64 per cent of China's maritime trade passed through the sea, compared to 14 per cent of U.S. maritime trade.

The so-called "freedom of navigation" mission involved the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer sailing within the 12-mile range of an artificial island reclaimed by China.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday the operations are being conducted "in accordance with worldwide law". "China's air force can not simply guard on land and not go out", he said in a report broadcast by Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television, which was posted to the air force's official microblog late on the same day.

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