WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Navy warships, on two occasions in the past few days, sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday, at a time of tension between the world’s two largest economies.
The busy waterway is one of a number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which include a trade war, U.S. sanctions, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Commander Reann Mommsen, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, told Reuters that the operations were carried out on Wednesday and Thursday and involved the Paracel Islands and Mischief Reef.
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