'Sovereignty & security violation': Beijing outraged by United States warship sailing off disputed island

South China Sea

The US has long maintained it has the right to sail ships in the worldwide waters under "freedom of navigation" but, Beijing strongly opposes these actions. However, it is also claimed by Taiwan (which is itself the subject of a sovereignty dispute with mainland China) and the Philippines.

In a potential continuation of the existing tensions surrounding China's territorial claims and counter-claims made by other nations in the politically sensitive region, Beijing said it would respond sharply to the latest escalation.

"The naval ship USS Hopper sailed within 12 nautical miles off Huangyan Dao, widely known Scarborough Shoal on January 17 without gaining permission from the Chinese government", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement. China increasingly is making claims over much of the region and has been creating manmade islands fortified with missile defenses.

Lu said the USA warship has impaired China's sovereignty and security interests, and caused a serious threat to Chinese vessels and personnel working in the area.

"The United States conducts routine and regular FONOPs (Freedom of Navigation Operations), as we have done in the past and will continue to do so in the future", Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nicole Schwegman, a spokeswoman for the US Navy's Pacific Fleet, said after China's claim. Mattis said the USA military advantage over Beijing and Moscow is "eroding".

Twelve nautical miles from land is the internationally recognized territorial limit for all nations.

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China, which has been reinforcing its hold on the disputed SCS with military installations in the shoals and reclaimed islands, claims sovereignty over nearly all of it. But the intelligence community has been watching the island for years as Chinese survey teams and dredging equipment have been seen lurking around the reef.

"China always respects and safeguards the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea all countries are entitled to under the worldwide law".

China claims virtually the entire South China Sea and has carried out extensive land reclamation work on numerous islands and reefs it claims, equipping some with airstrips and military installations.

"The South China Sea will be the ground on which the two powers will wrestle for military power", Zhang Jie said.

Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel.

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