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US ship illegally entered territorial waters: China

"The US seriously undermined regional peace and stability," after an American ship allegedly entered waters adjacent to a disputed South China Sea atoll.



China's military says a US combat ship illegally entered waters adjacent to the Second Thomas Shoal, a disputed South China Sea atoll.


"The US seriously undermined regional peace and stability," said a spokesperson for China's Southern Theater of Operations in a statement on Monday.


The spokesperson also said the United States deliberately disrupted the South China Sea and seriously violated China's sovereignty.


China is in dispute with several of its neighbours over its extensive claims of territorial waters in the South China Sea.


In recent months it has had several confrontations with Philippine vessels, and also protested about US ships patrolling the disputed areas.


The spokesperson said the Chinese People's Liberation Army organised maritime troops to follow and monitor the US ship., and that "its troops in the theatre are on high alert at all times to resolutely defend national sovereignty."


On Sunday, the Philippine Coast Guard deployed two of its vessels in the South China Sea after monitoring an "alarming" increase in the number of Chinese maritime militia vessels at a reef within the country's exclusive economic zone.


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