The USS Wayne E. Meyer guided missile destroyer passed near the Parcacel Islands, claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam. They are referred to as Xisha in Chinese and Hoang Sa in Vietnamese. In a statement, 7th Fleet Commander Reann Mommsen said the measure "defied the restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam, and also challenged China's claim for straight baselines surrounding the Paracel Islands." .
He added: “China, Taiwan and Vietnam claim sovereignty over the Paracel Islands. All three applicants need prior permission or notification before a foreign military ship engages in & # 39; innocent passage & # 39; by the territorial seas.
"Unilateral imposition of any authorization or notification requirement for innocent passage is not permitted under international law, so the United States has challenged those requirements."
The move prompted a fiery response from the Chinese Ministry of Defense.
In a statement commented: “The WE The side practices & # 39; hegemony of navigation & # 39; in the South China Sea long ago.
"Such actions seriously undermined China's sovereign interests and proved the complete lack of sincerity on the US side to maintain global peace as well as regional security and stability."
China has the largest territorial claim in the waters, through which one third of international transport passes.
The US Navy is believed to have performed three freedom of navigation exercises this year.
Taiwan's claims overlap with China's.
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The Pan-Green Coalition is a loose field of parties favoring Taiwan's independence.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's Democratic Progressive Party is in the Pan-Green camp.
Tsai said earlier that a declaration of independence, which would like to enrage Beijing, is not necessary due to Taipei's de facto independence.
The ROC held China's seat at the United Nations until 1971.
Although several countries have unofficial relations with Taipei, only 17 UN member states or observers formally recognize it.
None of them are based in Asia.
Beijing was also locked in a dispute with the Philippines in the South China Sea.
Manila's claims overlap Scarborough Shoal and Spratly Islands.
A 2016 Hague ruling rejected China's resource rights claims with the nine dash line as having no legal basis.