is keeping in close contact with Chinese officials regarding tensions that have
erupted over the US military
sending a warship in the South China Sea, US
State Department Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) spokesperson
Katrina Adams told Sputnik.
are in close communication with the [Chinese] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
have had a number of discussions on this issue," Adams said on Tuesday
when asked to comment on reports that China
summoned the US Ambassador
over the South China Sea patrol.
Earlier on Tuesday,
accused the United States of
threatening the country’s security, when Washington
sailed the USS Lassen within 12 nautical miles of the . Spratly Islands
The State Department could not provide more details because it does not comment on the content of diplomatic conversations,
On Tuesday, the US Department of Defense said it would continue such naval exercises in the region.