China hits back at Donald Trump speech at UN

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Beijing: China hit back on Wednesday at US President Donald Trump`s veiled criticism of its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.

"For some time now, some countries have used the pretext of freedom of navigation to bring their planes and fleets near the South China Sea," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.

"Actually, I think this is behaviour that has threatened the sovereignty of South China Sea countries," he told at a news briefing.

Lu said the situation in the sea "has been cooling down" thanks to efforts by China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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