March 23, 2018 / 11:12 AM / a month ago

China condemns U.S. navy operation in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Defence Ministry said on Friday the United States had seriously harmed the country’s sovereignty and security after a U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a “freedom of navigation” operation in the disputed South China Sea.

Provocative behaviour by the United States will only cause the Chinese military to strengthen its defence capabilities, the ministry said in a statement.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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