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One of China’s top diplomats to the US warned Washington that Beijing would invade Taiwan should the US ever send a Navy ship to the island nation, which China considers to be a wayward province.

Li Kexin, a minister with the Chinese Embassy to the United States, said during an embassy event on Friday that he had told American officials that China would activate their Anti-Secession Law if US naval vessels were sent to the Taiwan Strait.

The law, passed in 2005, denies Taiwan’s statehood and outlines Beijing’s methods to make the unification of the two Chinas a reality. But the bill also mentions “non-peaceful action” (that being warfare) if China believes that all possibility of a bloodless unification has been lost.

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U.S. Army Col. Ernest Lee (left) inspects with Philippine Marine Corps Commandant Maj.Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, military weapons and equipment from the U.S. military to the Philippine marines, June 5, 2017. The new weapons will be used to fight terrorism and against Muslim militants in Marawi.

The United States and Philippine navies held a joint naval patrol Saturday in dangerous southern Philippine waters, amid rising international concern about Islamist militancy and piracy in the region.

U.S. Navy combat ship USS Coronado joined a Philippine Navy frigate, BRP Alcaraz, in patrolling the Sulu Sea, where numerous pirate attacks on commercial shipping have been made since 2015.

“Our at-sea operations with the Philippine Navy demonstrate our commitment to the alliance and deter piracy and illegal activities,” U.S. Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson said in a statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Manila.

There are international fears that fighters sympathetic to Islamic State will cross maritime borders between Malaysia and Indonesia to join Muslim rebels who seized Marawi City in the southern Philippines five weeks ago.

About 300 militants, 82 security forces and 44 civilians have been killed in the fighting.

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