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August 14, 2017
China protests after US warship sails near island
Beijing (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
An angry Beijing warned off a US warship after it sailed near an artificial island in the disputed South China Sea in the latest operation aimed at loosening the Asian giant's grip on the strategic waterway. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the actions of the USS John S. McCain had violated Chinese and international law, "seriously" impairing the country's sovereignty and security. "China is strongly dissatisfied with this," Geng said in a statement, adding that Beijing would lodge an ... read more

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