By Zhao Wei, Sina English
A Chinese patrol team, consisting of four China Marine Surveillance ships, reached reefs and islands in the center of the Nansha Islands cruising in the South China Sea on July 3.
At 10 am., the captain of No. 83 Surveillance Vessel detected a foreign vessel coming towards them at high speed. The No. 83 vessel immediately headed toward the foreign vessel, forcing it to slow down and come to a halt.
Chinese patrol staff on No. 83 Surveillance Vessel then broadcasted a statement in Chinese, English and Vietnamese to claim the Chinese sovereignty over the Xisha Islands and Nansha Islands.
Ten minutes later, the foreign vessel beat a retreat.