US missile destroyer USS Benfold “illegally” enters China’s waters infuriating nation

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US missile destroyer USS Benfold "illegally" enters China's waters infuriating nation Credit: meunierd/

US missile destroyer USS Benfold has allegedly “illegally” entered China’s territorial waters infuriating the nation, as reported on Wednesday, July 13.

“On July 13, the US guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold trespassed into China’s territorial waters off Xisha Islands without the Chinese government’s permission,” Chinese Air Force Senior Colonel Tian Junli, spokesman for the Southern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army, said in a statement.

“The actions of the US military have seriously violated China’s national sovereignty and security, undermined peace and stability in the South China Sea and violated international law”, the spokesman added.

“Facts have fully proven that the US is nothing but a ‘trouble-maker’ and the ‘biggest destroyer’ of the peace and stability in the South China Sea,” the statement read.

The US has since stated that it crossed China’s South Sea to confirm “international freedom of navigation.”

Twitter reacted to the news with one user posting:

“Update: Reuters: The Chinese military says the presence of a US destroyer in the South China Sea is a violation of international laws.”

To which another responded:

“China is not ready to take on the US military industrial complex just yet. They will be in the next 20 years.”

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Two more Twitter users responded stating: 

“A country that cannot define what a man and a woman is will not win any type of external conflict. Winter is coming.”

“Right, I’m with the people that never strayed from the foundation of the founding fathers. We’re all races, all classes, men and women, We’re not confused or compromised. In the end we have a chance not to lose everything.”

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The news comes just after reports of citizens in Zhengzhou China, storming a bank in a mass protest after their assets were reportedly frozen, as reported on Monday, July 11.

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