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US warship sails near disputed island in South China Sea

Aug 28, 2020 19:03 IST

A day after China fired ballistic missiles into the South China Sea, an American warship sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands, the US Navy has said, challenging Beijing's claims on the resource-rich waterway. The US Navy's Pacific Fleet said in a statement that the USS Mustin, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed on Thursday "in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands to ensure critical shipping lanes in the area remain free and open". The Chinese military on Friday accused the US ship of entering "China's territorial waters" near the islands "without authorisation".

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