An American destroyer has been a disputed archipelago in the South China sea

© AP Photo / Pool Photo/Ritchie B. Topolino China sea. Archival photoAn American destroyer has been a disputed archipelago in the South China sea© AP Photo / Pool Photo/Ritchie B. Tongo

Destroyer of the US Navy Dewey took place in the South China sea at a distance of 12 nautical miles (22 kilometres) from the Spratly archipelago, which is the subject of a territorial dispute between the countries in the region, Reuters reported, citing unnamed American officials.

The news Agency said that under the «operation confirmation of the complete freedom of navigation» American ship passed at a distance of 22 kilometers from the reef, Mischief, which Beijing considers Chinese territory. According to the Agency, this is the first such approach to the disputed Islands in the South China sea since taking office, U.S. President Donald trump.

China and several countries in the region Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines — has disputes on Maritime borders and responsibility areas in the South China and East China seas. China believes that the Philippines and Vietnam are knowingly using the United States ‘ support for the escalation of tensions in the region.

The permanent court of arbitration in the Hague in July 2016, according to the suit ruled that China has no basis for territorial claims in the South China sea. The court decided that the disputed territory of the Spratly archipelago (Nansha) Islands are not and exclusive economic zone do not form. China did not recognize the arbitration decision.

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