字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 A U.S. destroyer patrolled the South China Sea... potentially stirring up conflict with China. Connie Kim looks into the trouble brewing on the islands built by China on territory claimed by four other countries. An unnamed U.S. defense official told Reuters on Tuesday... an American destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles， or 20 kilometers， of China′s manmade islands in the South China Sea. The Spratleys are a disputed group of more than 750 reefs， islets， atolls， cays and islands claimed by four other countries， including Vietnam and the Philippines. The Pentagon has thus far declined to comment but had previously said that the patrols are within its rights of free navigation and are routine，... but Washington′s decision is sure to anger Beijing. Twelve nautical miles around a territory is internationally recognized as sovereign waters， but the U.S. does not recognize the manmade islands as China′s sovereign territory. Washington says the construction of artificial islands on submerged reefs does not entitle a country to claim a territorial limit. Even though Washington does not recognize the islands as Chinese territory， this will be the first time the U.S. has breached the 12－mile nautical limit since China began building up the islands in 2013. Before the U.S. sent the destroyer， Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi advised the U.S. to ″think again″ before acting， urging the country ″not to act blindly or make trouble out of nothing.″ China has long stood firm on its claim to the islands，... saying it would ″never allow any country″ to violate its territorial waters and airspace in the area. U.S. experts in China caution against further escalation，... as Washington could launch another patrol near the artificial islands in the coming weeks. Connie Kim， Arirang News.