chinas military says it drove away us destroyer in south china sea - China's military says it drove away US destroyer in South China Sea

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China’s military said on Wednesday (July 13) it monitored and drove away a US destroyer which entered the South China Sea near the Paracel Islands, and noted the actions of the United States military seriously violated China’s sovereignty and security.

“On July 13, the US guided missile destroyer Benfold illegally broke into China’s Paracel territorial waters without the approval of the Chinese government,” said Chinese military’s Southern Theatre spokesman Tian Junli.

The move “seriously damaged the peace and stability of the South China Sea, and seriously violated international law and the norms of international relations,” he said in a statement.