China protests US warship approaching Nansha

Added On August 11, 2017

China has voiced strong protest against a U.S. Navy warship passing close to the Meiji Reef of the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Thursday said the warship entered the waters near the reef and conducted a so-called "freedom of navigation operation" without permission of the Chinese government.
Geng said the Chinese Navy identified the U.S. warship, warned and expelled it.
He said such a move severely undermines China's sovereignty and security, and severely endangers the safety of frontline personnel of both sides.