US warships sail in disputed South China Sea amid tensions

US warships sail in disputed South China Sea amid tensions

Two US Navy ships sailed through the South China Sea this week, a move likely to inflame tensions between the US and China. On Wednesday, the littoral combat ship Gabrielle Giffords traveled within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef, islands claimed by China. On Thursday, the destroyer Wayne E. Meyer challenged restrictions on innocent passage in the Paracel islands, which are occupied by China.

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