South China Sea: Beijing lashes out at Trump after US sends warship past disputed reefs

Beijing lash out at TrumpThe country has called upon Washington to pull back and stop infringing upon its sovereignty after the unprecedented action. China is disputing the missile destroyer USS Wayne E Meyer’s presence within 12 nautical miles of two reefs it has laid claim to. Fiery Cross and Mischief reefs are the two biggest artificial islands in the disputed Spratlys.

This was the first time a US warship had challenged Chinese outposts at the same time.

Spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army Southern Theatre Command, Colonel Li Huamin, accused the US of “acting as a hegemony in ignorance of the international laws and rules”.

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