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US Navy Sends Destroyer to Challenge China Sea Claim

In what is seen as the most significant challenge yet to territorial limits Beijing asserts around its man-made islands, a U.S. guided missile destroyer Tuesday sailed within 22 kilometers (12 nautical miles) of a reef in the disputed Spratly archipelago. The USS Lassen approached Subi reef, occupied by China and also claimed by Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. The Lassen, homeported at Yokosuka naval base in Japan, was monitored, followed and warned after it “illegally” entered...

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