US warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang

The US Navy sent two warships to a disputed archipelago in the South China Sea on May 28 in its latest symbolic protest against China's claims there.

The Higgins guided-missile destroyer and the Antietam guided-missile cruiser came within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands, according to an American official who only spoke on the condition of anonymity.

"The US has seriously violated China's sovereignty, undermined strategic mutual trust, and undermined peace and security in the South China Sea", Wu said, as quoted by the Japan Times.

China's Ministry of Defense said in a statement that the entry of the USA warships was not permitted, and they have been warned to leave.

The foreign ministry issued a statement expressing "resolute opposition" to the U.S. sail-by of the territory in the disputed Paracel Island chain on Sunday.

The U.S. military does not comment on the specifics of what it calls "freedom of navigation" exercises meant to assert the Navy's right to sail and operate in any zone deemed legal under global law.

China has been deploying serious military power to the region - including constructing manmade islands bristling with missiles.

Talks on N Korea summit 'going very well'
At that meeting, they declared they would work toward a nuclear-free Korean peninsula and a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War. Trump said he was still looking at a June 12 date for a summit in Singapore, adding that talks were progressing very well.

China has recently shored up its claims to disputed islands and reinforced military bases in both the Paracel and Spratly Islands.

China claims nearly the entire South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which about US$3 trillion worth of sea-borne goods passes every year.

The move prompted immediate criticism from the United States, which last week pulled its invitation to China to join maritime exercises in the Pacific because of Beijing's "continued militarisation" of the South China Sea.

The move has been conducted several times in the past three years in defiance of China's claims it owns the disputed territory.

China's Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi said the United States decision to exclude it from RIMPAC was 'very non-constructive'.

China has accused Washington of viewing Beijing in "Cold War" terms.

Trump also escalated tensions with North Korea after he called off a planned nuclear disarmament summit with Kim Jong Un after the communist leader insulted VP Mike Pence.

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