U.S. Sends Destroyer Near Artificial Islands in Challenge to Chinese Claims

October 27, 2015 6:14 AM

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U.S. Sends Destroyer Near Artificial Islands in Challenge to Chinese Claims

The United States sailed a destroyer close to a disputed area of the South China Sea that China claims as sovereign territory but which the U.S. does not recognize, a defense official said.

The destroyer USS Lassen sailed with 12 nautical miles of the Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands Tuesday morning local time. The ship did not encounter any resistance, but was trailed by Chinese ships during the transit, a U.S. defense official said.

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