China displeased by US ship's South China Sea passage

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey transits the South China Sea May 6, 2017. (Reuters file photo)

BEIJING -- China has expressed its "strong dissatisfaction" over the US Navy's latest freedom of navigation operation, in which a warship sailed past one of China's man-made islands in the strategic South China Sea.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement late on Thursday that the US move "severely undermines China's sovereignty and security, and severely endangers the safety of frontline personnel of both sides''.

China claims virtually the entire South China Sea and routinely protests against such operations, which President Donald Trump's administration has continued partly to reassure allies locked in territorial disputes with Beijing.

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