China says it 'drove away' U.S. warship on anniversary of tribunal ruling

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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening of the G20 leaders acme successful Buenos Aires, Argentina November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

BEIJING (Reuters) -China's subject said it "drove away" a U.S. warship that illegally entered Chinese waters adjacent the Paracel Islands connected Monday, the day of an planetary tribunal ruling that held Beijing had nary assertion implicit the South China Sea.

The USS Benfold entered the waters without China's approval, earnestly violating its sovereignty and undermining the stableness of the South China Sea, the confederate theatre bid of the People's Liberation Army said.

"We impulse the United States to instantly halt specified provocative actions," it said successful a statement.

On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration successful the Hague ruled that China had nary historical rubric implicit the South China Sea, a ruling that China said it would ignore.

The Benfold asserted navigational rights and freedoms successful the vicinity of the Paracel Islands accordant with planetary law, the U.S. Navy said successful a connection connected Monday.

The islands are claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam, which necessitate either support oregon beforehand notification earlier a subject vas passes through.

"Under planetary instrumentality arsenic reflected successful the Law of the Sea Convention, the ships of each states, including their warships,- bask the close of guiltless transition done the territorial sea," the U.S. Navy added.

"By engaging successful guiltless transition without giving anterior notification to oregon asking support from immoderate of the claimants, the United States challenged these unlawful restrictions imposed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam."

Hundreds of different islands, reefs and atolls successful the resource-rich waterway are contested by Brunei, China, Malaysia and the Philippines, with China claiming rights to resources wrong its alleged nine-dash line, oregon astir of the region.

"By conducting this operation, the United States demonstrated that these waters are beyond what China tin lawfully assertion arsenic its territorial sea, and that China's claimed consecutive baselines astir the Paracel Islands are inconsistent with planetary law," the U.S. Navy said.

In its 2016 ruling, the Hague tribunal besides said China had interfered with accepted Philippine sportfishing rights astatine Scarborough Shoal and breached the country's sovereign rights by exploring for lipid and state adjacent the Reed Bank.

Freedom of the seas was an "enduring" involvement of each nations, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said connected Sunday.

"Nowhere is the rules-based maritime bid nether greater menace than successful the South China Sea," Blinken said successful a statement.

"The People's Republic of China continues to coerce and intimidate Southeast Asian coastal states, threatening state of navigation successful this captious planetary throughway."

(Reporting by Ryan Woo; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Clarence Fernandez)

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