Exclusive: U.S. warship sails near disputed island in South China Sea – U.S. officials

A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday, three U.S. officials told Reuters, even as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.

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The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Chafee, a guided-missile destroyer, challenged “excessive maritime claims” near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors.

Exclusive: U.S. warship sails near disputed island in South China Sea – U.S. officials