Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home News World

China summons US ambassador after Navy warship sails past island

Published 28/10/2015

China says authorities warned the destroyer USS Lassen as it entered what the country claims as a 12-mile territorial limit around Subi Reef (AP)
China says authorities warned the destroyer USS Lassen as it entered what the country claims as a 12-mile territorial limit around Subi Reef (AP)

China has summoned the American ambassador after a US Navy warship sailed close to an artificial island in the South China Sea.

Executive Vice Minister Zhang Yesui told Max Baucus that the US had acted in defiance of repeated Chinese objections and had threatened China's sovereignty and security, the Chinese foreign ministry said on its website.

Mr Zhang said Tuesday's "provocative" manoeuvre also placed personnel and infrastructure on the island in jeopardy.

China was "extremely dissatisfied and a resolutely opposed" the US actions, the ministry said.

The US State Department declined to confirm the meeting, or comment on any remarks made on the issue.

China says authorities monitored and warned the destroyer USS Lassen as it entered what China claims as a 12-mile (21km) territorial limit around Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands archipelago, a group of reefs, islets, and atolls where the Philippines has competing claims.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph