- PressTV Published on Jan 7, 2019
China accuses the US of violating international law after an American navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea. China’s reaction follows a naval operation described by the U-S as an attempt to counter Beijing’s excessive maritime claims in the sea. A spokeswoman for the US navy said the USS McCampbell sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands to carry out a freedom of navigation operation. Beijing has in the past condemned Washington and its allies for similar operations.