As the US vowed to send more vessels to the region after the USS Lassen guided missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of at least one of the disputed land formations, the move sparked an angry rebuke from Beijing. The Chinese authorities which summoned the US ambassador and denounced the move as an “illegal” threat to its sovereignty. China is not afraid of fighting a war with the US in the South China Sea, a newspaper with close links to the government said on Wednesday, after Washington sent a warship near artificial islands built by Beijing. A protester holding a sign that reads ‘Strongly protest against US encroachment on South China Sea. Attack USS Lassen. Americans get off South China Sea’, was confronted by two Chinese police after trying to protest against the United States outside the US Embassy in Beijing.
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