The U.S. military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world’s two biggest economies.

The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which also include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and Taiwan.

China struck a more aggressive tone in its trade war with the United States on Friday. The tough talk capped a week that saw Beijing unveil fresh retaliatory tariffs.

The U.S. destroyer Preble carried out the operation, a U.S. military spokesman told Reuters.

“Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law,” said Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet.

It was the second such U.S. military operation in the South China Sea in the last month. On Wednesday, the chief of the U.S. Navy said its freedom of navigation movements in the disputed South China Sea drew more attention than they deserved.

 

Source: Reuters

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South China Sea is not China’s private lake. Note that China has border disputes with ALL its neighbours!!! If Mongolia hadn’t defence agreements with Russia, it’d be occupied just like Tibet for decades. India had to deploy troops about 1 year ago : Chinese were threatening to invade Bhutan, etc etc etc… “a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world’s two biggest economies” => 2nd biggest economy is the EU. China is only third with 2 thirds of EU’s GDP. => Beijing can be angered as much as it wants, any way, they… Read more »

Mario León
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South China Sea is not usa’s private lake either.