Beijing on Saturday said it had dispatched a warship to head out a US rocket destroyer which had “damaged” its power by cruising near a reef in the debated South China Sea.
The USS Hopper cruised inside 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island the evening of January 17 without cautioning Beijing, the remote service stated, alluding to the shore by its Chinese name.
Otherwise called Scarborough Shoal, the ring of reefs lies around 230 kilometers (140 miles) from the Philippines in the South China Sea, where Beijing’s cases are fervently by different countries.
The US vessel “abused China’s power and security interests”, and put the wellbeing of close-by Chinese vessels “under grave danger”, remote service representative Lu Kang said.
China’s guard service said in a different proclamation that a Chinese frigate “instantly took activities to distinguish and confirm the US ship and pushed it away by notice” it.
The USS Hopper as of late entered the US Navy’s seventh Fleet territory of operations, where the ship is on a “free arrangement”, as indicated by an announcement discharged not long ago on the Navy’s site.
Its central goal in Asia includes “security participation, building accomplice limit, and performing routine operations inside the territory”.
News of the experience takes after Friday’s arrival of another US national safeguard technique that says America is confronting “developing dangers” from China and Russia.
China is a “key contender utilizing savage financial matters to scare its neighbors while mobilizing highlights in the South China Sea”, the archive says.
China’s protection service expelled those cases on Saturday, saying “the circumstance in the South China Sea has relentlessly settled,” in remarks credited to representative Wu Qian.
Be that as it may, it included, “the United States has over and again sent warships illicitly into the nearby waters of the South China Sea islands and reefs.”
Beijing declares power over the greater part of the asset rich South China Sea in spite of adversary claims from Southeast Asian neighbors and has quickly incorporated reefs with counterfeit islands fit for facilitating military planes.
China seized Scarborough Shoal in 2012 after a short remain off with the Philippine naval force. The reef is additionally guaranteed by Taiwan.