U.S. warship sails near island claimed by China in South China Sea




 
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U.S. warship sails near island claimed by China in South China Sea
 
January 31st, 2016  
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U.S. warship sails near island claimed by China in South China Sea
By Phil Stewart and Nathaniel Taplin WASHINGTON/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China and two other states in the South China Sea on Saturday to counter efforts to limit freedom of navigation, the Pentagon said, prompting an angry reaction from Beijing. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of world trade is shipped every year. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said no ships from China's military were in the vicinity of the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur when it passed near Triton Island in the Paracel Islands.




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