US warship near island a 'serious provocation': China
Lu Kang says China dispatched military vessels and fighter planes in response to warn off American vessel.
China has termed United States missile destroyer trespassing its territorial waters off the Xisha Islands as serious political and military provocation.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said that China dispatched military vessels and fighter planes in response to warn off the American vessel.
He said the Xisha Islands are an inherent part of the Chinese territory and the Chinese government promulgated the baseline of the territorial sea off the Xisha Islands in 1996.