China Protests U.S. Sailing Near Disputed Islands in South China Sea

U.S. Navy ship sailed near Paracel Islands

Associated Press

BEIJING—China is protesting the sailing of a U.S. Navy ship near its territorial claims in the South China Sea, saying it would continue to take measures to protect Beijing’s interests in the vital waterway claimed by several nations.

A U.S. official said the destroyer USS Chafee sailed near the Paracel Islands on Tuesday, coming within 16 nautical miles of land.



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