U.S. Navy sends warship near contested South China Sea island, China says 'very serious provocation'

January 30, 2016 3:31 PM

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A U.S. Navy ship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea on Saturday to challenge “excessive maritime claims that restrict the rights and freedoms of the United States and others,” a defense official said.

The USS Curtis Wilbur destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island without notifying three claimants to the surrounding waters beforehand, The New York Times reported.

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