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ASIA & PACIFIC
18:10 29.04.2016(updated 18:14 29.04.2016)
Chinese authorities did not allow the US aircraft carrier John Stennis to make a stop-over at the Hong Kong port, a US consulate official told the South China Morning Post newspaper on Friday.
BEIJING (Sputnik) — The warship requested a port call permit early Thursday but was denied entry.
"[They] said ‘no’ to the carrier," the US official told the South China Morning Post newspaper on condition of anonymity.
According to the outlet, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that port calls by US warships had to be approved on a case-by-case basis "in accordance with sovereignty principles."
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US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited the ship last month in a move he said was intended to demonstrate the commitment by the United States to regional security and the alliance with the Philippines.
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