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U.S. destroyer sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade talks

Reuters | Washington DC | Updated: 13-09-2019 17:47 IST | Created: 13-09-2019 17:45 IST
U.S. destroyer sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade talks
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A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, the U.S. military said, a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world's two largest economies.

"USS Wayne E. Meyer challenged the restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam and also contested China's claim to straight baselines enclosing the Paracel Islands," Commander Reann Mommsen, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet, told Reuters.

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