U.S. destroyer challenges China's claims in South China Sea

U.S. destroyer challenges China's claims in South China SeaBy Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a “freedom of navigation operation” on Thursday, 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. China has territorial disputes with its neighbors over the area.


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