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Beijing warns U.S. after South China Sea "takeover" remark

Jan 24, 2017, 6:02 AM EST
China has been expanding its island-building campaign and naval patrols in disputed parts of the sea.
(Source: Times Asi/flickr)

Following America’s claims that it will protect its interests in disputed parts of South China Sea, Beijing warned the U.S. on Tuesday to respect the facts and act cautiously in order to maintain peace and stability in the region. The Chinese foreign ministry reiterated its “irrefutable” sovereignty over the contested islands in the strategic waterway, adding that Washington is not a party to the dispute.  

Reflecting new President Donald Trump’s tough stance against China, the White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Monday that the U.S. will defend its “international territories” in the South China Sea, writes Reuters.

The verbal face-off between two the nations comes just days after Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, drew Beijing’s ire by likening its island building campaign in the South China Sea to “Russia’s annexation of Crimea,” notes The Guardian.