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China's leader of this or a major display of the country's military power on the seas this week she's in pain looking on as the country showed off the first of its new generation of guided missile destroyer and new models of its nuclear submarine , she's Tuesday appearance mark the Chinese navy seventieth anniversary it's just one event in what's been a big week for Beijing's armed forces the navy seemed especially rapid growth under xi's leadership he's wrapped up its presence in the South China Sea and around self ruled Taiwan that trend is rattled nerves around the region and in Washington on Wednesday the head of the Chinese navy even took a verbal shot across the bow of the US navy's freedom of navigation patrols navy chief Shinji long said patrols by American warships shouldn't be used to infringe on other countries rights the US frequently sends warships close to Chinese occupied Reese and features in the South China Sea that's along with increasingly regular passages through the Taiwan Strait with other US allies including the U. K. following suit just last weekend the command ship USS Blue Ridge Dr home home on one such regional patrol the ship's commanding officer defending the concept of freedom of navigation and whenever there are %HESITATION this future challenges we go ahead and %HESITATION and sail in accordance with the international law we sail in accordance with the international rules of the road and %HESITATION and then expect others to do so the same China sees the patrols as a provocation and sees almost all of the South China Sea as its own territory that's despite competing claims from Vietnam Malaysia Taiwan Brunei and the Philippines China has frequently had to fend off concerns about its military intentions especially as it ramps up the development of new ships and submarines for its part Beijing says it has nothing to hide and invited a small number of foreign media on board a naval ship to watch this week's anniversary parade including from Reuters