In this handout file photo provided by the US Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell is seen July 26, 2005 during operations in the Pacific Ocean. The USS McCampbell trespassed into China's territorial waters off the Xisha Islands earlier Monday without permission of the Chinese government, a spokesman of China’s Foreign Ministry said on Jan 7, 2019. (HO / US NAVY / AFP)
BEIJING – China on Monday voiced firm opposition to a US warship trespassing into China's territorial waters off the Xisha Islands and urged the US side to immediately stop such kind of provocative actions.
China firmly opposes and urges the US side to stop such kind of provocative operations immediately.
Lu Kang, Spokesperson, Foreign Ministry, China
The USS McCampbell trespassed into China's territorial waters off the Xisha Islands earlier Monday without permission of the Chinese government, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a news briefing. China soon sent military vessel and aircraft to identify the US warship, made a warning and demanded that it leave the area, he added.
China has lodged solemn representation with the US side in this regard, Lu said.
The action has violated Chinese and relevant international laws, infringing on China's sovereignty and damaging peace, security and order of the area, said the spokesperson.
"China firmly opposes and urges the US side to stop such kind of provocative operations immediately."
He said China would continue taking necessary measures to defend its national sovereignty and security.
Responding to questions regarding impact such provocative actions might have on the ongoing China-US trade consultations, Lu said it would be beneficial to both countries as well as the world to properly solve various problems between China and the US, including the trade issues.
"Both sides should be responsible for creating a good atmosphere for it," he said.
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