USA destroyer sails near disputed island in South China Sea

US warship near island a'serious provocation: China

Sailing within those 12 miles is meant to show that the United States does not recognise territorial claims there.

Twelve nautical miles marks the territorial limits recognised internationally.

"China's three air bases in the Spratlys and another on Woody Island in the Paracels will allow Chinese military aircraft to operate over almost the entire South China Sea", the center said.

The Trump Administration has also made no secret of the fact he is disappointed with China over their failure to more effectively confront North Korea over their nuclear weapons and missile testing programs.

America's goal, he said, remains to convince China that its best future comes from peaceful cooperation, meaningful participation in the current rules-based global order, and honouring its worldwide commitments. The US had been talking to China about trying to curb North Korea's nuclear development, but Trump tweeted that effort had failed last month.

"I believe the Chinese are building up combat power and positional advantage in an attempt to assert de facto sovereignty over disputed maritime features and spaces in the South China", Harris added. US-Chinese relations were already strained last week when Trump authorised a new arms sale to Taiwan, which China considers a rebel province, and when the US slapped sanctions on a Chinese bank accused of laundering North Korean cash. The White House, in both the Obama and Trump administrations, has seen the militarization of the South China Sea as a threat to stability in the resource-rich region, where ships from numerous countries have long fished. "All operations are conducted in accordance with global law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever worldwide law allows".

Duterte, who seeks softened ties with Chinese President Xi Jinping, has said it is not time yet to raise the arbitral ruling reaffirming Philippines' claim that China has no basis to lay claim on disputed waters.

China has not built missile shelters on two other islands it has militarized in the Spratly Island chain - Subi and Mischief reefs - but it has constructed fighter jet hangars and surveillance arrays on all three. Beijing has called the moves purely defensive. China has now built four additional shelters at Fiery Cross.

"Conducting these types of operations with our allies builds proficiency and sustains our ability to maintain a persistent presence throughout the 7th Fleet area of operations", Command Senior Chief William Palmer IV said at the time.

Citing Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang as saying, Xinhua reported that China dispatched military vessels and fighter planes in response to warn off the United States vessel.

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