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US to Send Ship Close to Chinese Artificial Islands

The U.S. military plans to send the USS Lassen destroyer within 22 kilometers (12 nautical miles) of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea, according to a U.S. official speaking to VOA Monday. The official said it is "unclear when this will occur," but that execution of the plan could be within hours. The destroyer, likely partnered with a surveillance plane, will patrol near reefs in the Spratly archipelago, according to the official. China has warned...

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