China warns U.S. on sovereignty ahead of South China Sea ruling

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BEIJING: The United States should do nothing to harm China's sovereignty and security in the South China Sea, China's foreign minister told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, ahead of a key court ruling on China's claims in the disputed waterway.

This has been conveyed by China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi  to US Secretary of State John Kerry in a telephone conversion ahead of a key court ruling on China's South China Sea claims.

Wang Yi  said China hopes the United States speaks and acts cautiously, and take no actions that harm China's sovereignty and security interests. China is conducting military exercises around the Paracel Islands in the north of the region this week, while U.S. Navy officials said on Thursday that U.S. destroyers had been patrolling around Chinese-held reefs and islands in the contested Spratly Islands to the south.

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