A US warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by Beijing in the South China Seas, in an operation intended to underscore America's right to access the disputed waters, the Pentagon said.
"We conducted a freedom of navigation operation in
the South China Sea earlier tonight," Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said
in statement issued late Friday US time
He said the operation
was carried out near Triton Island in the Paracel Islands, "to challenge
excessive maritime claims of parties that claim the Paracel Islands."
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