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China Voices Concern over Planned US Navy Mission in South China Sea
   2015-10-10 15:21:36    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Chu Yiming

The Chinese government is expressing 'serious concerns' about reports of a possible US naval mission in the South China Sea.

US authorities are suggesting plans are being considered to possibly sail within 12-nautical miles of the Nansha Island chain sometime in the next couple of weeks.

The move would be to dispute Chinese claims to the Nansha Islands, as sailing within 12-nautical miles of them would be a violation of international laws connected to maritime soverignty.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying says China will not stand for any violations of its territorial waters.

"I want to stress that China has always respected and protected all countries' maritime and flight navigational rights according to international law, but we will never allow any country to violate China's territorial waters and airspace in the Nansha Islands, in the name of protecting freedom of navigation and overflight. We urge the related parties not to take any provocative actions, and genuinely take a responsible stance on regional peace and stability."

Its being reported US President Barack Obama has yet to make a final decision on whether to make the move.

The US military has already been conducting over-flights of Chinese-controlled territory in the South China Sea.

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