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Beijing says U.S. warship 'sabotaged the peace' by sailing near island in South China Sea

Beijing says U.S. warship 'sabotaged the peace' by sailing near island in South China Sea

China strongly condemned the United States after a U.S. warship deliberately sailed near one of the Beijing-controlled islands in the hotly contested South China Sea to exercise freedom of navigation and challenge China's vast territorial claims.

The missile destroyer Curtis Wilbur sailed within 12 nautical mile of Triton Island in the Paracel chain “to challenge excessive maritime claims of parties that claim the Paracel Islands,” without notifying the three claimants beforehand, Defense Department spokesman Mark Wright said Saturday in Washington.

China, Taiwan and Vietnam have 

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