Mattis Rejects Chinese Claim U.S. Warship Violated Sovereignty

James Mattis

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday a Navy warship passage near disputed islands in the South China Sea was legal and did not violate China’s sovereignty as Beijing asserted.

“We stay strictly in accordance with international law, so there’s no violation of anyone’s sovereignty,” Mattis told the Washington Free Beacon during a flight from Miami to Washington.