China accuses US of serious military provocation

2015-12-19 08:42

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Beijing - China is accusing the US of a serious military provocation following the flight of an American B-52 strategic bomber over a Chinese-controlled man-made island in the South China Sea.

A Defence Ministry statement on Saturday says the US is deliberately raising tensions in the disputed region. It demanded Washington immediately take measures to prevent such incidents and damage to relations between the two nations' militaries.

As it has in past, the ministry also said it would take whatever necessary measures to protect China's sovereignty and security.

The US takes no official stance on sovereignty claims in the strategically crucial sea that China claims almost in its entirety. However, Washington maintains that China's seven newly created islands do not enjoy traditional rights including a 22km territorial limit.

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