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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on US Navy Vessel's Entry into Territorial Waters of Zhongjian Dao of China's Xisha Islands

2016/01/30

Q: According to the Wall Street Journal, a senior US defense official confirmed that the USS Curtis Wilbur destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of Zhongjian Dao without prior notification. The official declined to provide more specifics. The report also said that this operation was another challenge to Beijing's maritime and territorial claims in the region. What is China's comment on that?

A: According to the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Territorial Sea and the Contiguous Zone, foreign ships for military purposes shall be subject to approval by the Government of the People's Republic of China for entering the territorial sea of the People's Republic of China. The US navy vessel violated the relevant Chinese law and entered China's territorial sea without authorization. The Chinese side conducted surveillance and vocal warnings to the US navy vessel in accordance with the law. We urge the US to respect and abide by the relevant Chinese law, and make more efforts to increase mutual trust between China and the US and safeguard regional peace and stability.

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