Reuters: US destroyer challenges China’s claims in South China Sea

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 A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a “freedom of navigation operation” on August 10, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The operation came as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs and could complicate efforts to secure a common stance.

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