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US Sends Ship Near Chinese Artificial Islands

A U.S. Navy warship sailed near one of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea Tuesday in a challenge to China's territorial claims in the area.  An unnamed Pentagon official said the USS Lassen, a guided missile destroyer, sailed within 22 kilometers (12 nautical miles) of the Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands archipelago. The official told VOA on Monday a surveillance plane would likely accompany the destroyer during the mission. A spokesman for the Chinese...

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