The Chinese have told the US not to threat its territorial integrity. This means the reacted islands and south china sea are, in the chinese POV, Chinese territory. I wonder what they think of the carrier battle group sitting in the SCS.
China has said trust between the US and China has been damaged by the USS Lassen's passage.
Considerable confusion remains about what the legal standing of the USS Lassen's sail-by means.
The USS Lassen's passage, despite being shadowed by Chinese warships was apparently polite and the captains even seem to have exchanged banter. For all the noise of how dangerous this was, the sailors on both sides seemed to have kept things from getting out of hand.