[response from the southern theater that US ships intruded into the waters adjacent to Nansha Islands and reefs] senior commander Tian Junli, spokesman for the southern theater of the Chinese people’s Liberation Army, said that on December 22, the US destroyer “John McCain” broke into the waters adjacent to Nansha Islands and reefs without the permission of the Chinese government. The southern theater of the Chinese people’s Liberation Army organized sea and air forces to warn and drive them away. Such acts of the United States seriously violate China’s sovereignty and security and seriously undermine peace and stability in the South China Sea region. We express our firm opposition. We will resolutely safeguard the sovereignty and security of the South China Sea at all times, and resolutely maintain national security in the South China Sea.