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Thread: #US destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer sails in disputed #SouthChinaSea amid trade talks. The destroyer entered waters near the Paracel Islands uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa…
A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, the U.S. military said, angering Beijing, which said the ship had entered Chinese territorial waters without permission.
The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-Chinese relationship, which include an escalating trade war, American sanctions on China’s military and U.S. relations with Taiwan.
Commander Reann Mommsen, US Navy’s 7th Fleet spokeswoman, told Reuters that destroyer Wayne E. Meyer challenged territorial claims in the operation, including excessive Chinese claims around the Paracel Islands, which are also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam.
“...China has attempted to claim more internal waters, territorial sea, exclusive economic zone, and continental shelf than it is entitled under international law,” Mommsen said.
The People’s Liberation Army’s Southern Theater Command said in a statement that the Wayne E. Meyer had entered waters near the Paracels without the permission of the Chinese government
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