U.S. Defies China's Territorial Claims In South China Sea
The U.S. Navy sent a warship within 12 nautical miles of a Chinese artificial island in the South China Sea.By Ryan Biek | October 27, 2015
A U.S. warship defied Chinese territorial claims Tuesday and sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island in the South China Sea.
The Chinese island has been called an unsinkable aircraft carrier by some military analysts. The manmade land holds an airstrip, barracks and other military equipment. (Video via U.S. Navy)
Maritime law extends a country's ownership 12 nautical miles beyond its land. By sending guided missile destroyer USS Lassen through that zone, the U.S. has essentially said it doesn't recognize China's claims.