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    US-Chinese Standoff in South China Sea (51)

    According to US State Department Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) spokesperson Katrina Adams comments on the US-China contacts after China summoned the US Ambassador over the South China Sea patrol.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States is keeping in close contact with Chinese officials regarding tensions that have erupted over the US military sending a warship in the South China Sea, US State Department Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) spokesperson Katrina Adams told Sputnik.

    "We [the United States] are in close communication with the [Chinese] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and have had a number of discussions on this issue," Adams said on Tuesday when asked to comment on reports that China summoned the US Ambassador over the South China Sea patrol.

    An aerial file photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged land reclamation by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015
    © AP Photo / Ritchie B. Tongo

    Earlier on Tuesday, China accused the United States of threatening the country’s security, when Washington sailed the USS Lassen within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands.

    The State Department could not provide more details because it does not comment on the content of diplomatic conversations, Adams added.

    US officials claimed the move was intended to ensure freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

    On Tuesday, the US Department of Defense said it would continue such naval exercises in the region.

    US-Chinese Standoff in South China Sea (51)


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