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China protests latest US Navy mission in South China Sea; deploys ships

China said it dispatched ships and planes to track the US guided-missile destroyer John S McCain as it passed near Chinese-held islands in the South China Sea

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said it dispatched ships and planes to track the US guided-missile destroyer John S McCain as it passed near Chinese-held islands in the Sea.

The People's Liberation Army accused the US warship of trespassing into Chinese territorial waters on Friday near the Paracel Islands called Xisha by during the latest freedom of navigation missions by the US Navy aimed at defying China's vast claims in the strategic waterway.

Spokesperson for the PLA's Southern Theatre Command Col. Zhang Nandong said Beijing demanded the US end such actions, calling them blatant navigation hegemony and military provocation that seriously violated China's sovereignty and security interests, and gravely jeopardized peace and stability in the

We urges the US side to immediately stop such kind of provocative actions, strictly manage and control its maritime and air military operations so as not to cause any eventuality, Zhang was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.

China claims sovereignty over virtually the entire South China Sea, which is also claimed in whole or in part by Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam. Frictions between China and Indonesia have also increased over activities by China's fishing vessels, the coast guard and navy within Indonesia's exclusive economic zone.

China ignored a 2016 arbitration ruling that invalidated most of its territorial claims in the South China Sea, but has encountered persistent pushback from the US, its allies and China's Southeast Asian neighbours over its moves to cement its control in the disputed area.

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First Published: Sat, October 10 2020. 09:26 IST