WORLD ON A KNIFE EDGE: China rages at Trump after he sends WARSHIP to disputed territory

CHINA has launched a furious tirade against Donald Trump after the US Navy sent a warship to the South China Sea.

By Tom Parfitt

The USS John S McCain came within 12 nautical miles of the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, the US Navy said in a statement.The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer undertook the “freedom of navigation” mission to challenge China’s claim to the territory.

Today’s operation will likely complicate Donald Trump’s hopes to persuade China to help rein in North Korea’s nuclear programmes.

China’s Foreign Ministry accused the US Navy of breaking “international laws” in a statement released this afternoon.