China News Service, July 12th. According to the WeChat official account of the Southern Theater Command, the spokesperson of the Southern Theater Theater Commander Tian Junli Air Force said that on July 12, the USS "Benford" guided missile destroyer trespassed without the approval of the Chinese government. Entering China's Xisha territorial waters, the Chinese People's Liberation Army's southern theater organized naval and air forces to track and monitor and warn them to leave.
The spokesperson pointed out that the Paracel Islands are China’s inherent territory. The US military’s actions have seriously violated China’s sovereignty and security, severely undermined peace and stability in the South China Sea, and severely violated international law and norms of international relations. This is another ironclad evidence of its aggressive navigation hegemony and militarization of the South China Sea.
The spokesperson said that facts show that the United States is an out-and-out "South China Sea security risk maker."
We strongly condemn and resolutely oppose this. We urge the US to immediately stop such provocative actions and strictly control maritime and air military activities, otherwise all consequences arising from this will be borne by the US.
Troops in the theater maintain a state of high alert at all times and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and security and peace and stability in the South China Sea.