China urges U.S. not to undermine mutual trust over South China Sea

China on Saturday urged the United States to respect and abide by its laws, and not to undermine the mutual trust and regional peace and stability.

Reports say a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of Zhongjian Dao of China’s Xisha Islands.

According to Chinese, foreign warships entering China’s territorial waters must be approved by the Chinese government.

On Saturday, foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said the U.S. warship violated Chinese law and entered China’s territorial sea without authorization.

She says the Chinese side conducted surveillance and vocal warnings to the U.S. warship.

Hua urges the U.S. not to undermine mutual trust and regional peace and stability.

Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun also issued a statement, saying the U.S. act sabotaged peace, security and good order of the waters.

He says the move by the U.S. side is very unprofessional and irresponsible as to the safety of troops of both sides, and may cause extremely dangerous consequences.

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