U.S. warship drill meant to defy China's claim over artificial island -officials

U.S. warship drill meant to defy China's claim over artificial island -officials

By Idrees Ali and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. warship carried out a “maneuvering drill” when it sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, to show Beijing it was not entitled to a territorial sea around it, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The operation near Mischief Reef on Thursday, Pacific time, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has disputes with its neighbors, was the boldest U.S. challenge yet to Chinese island-building in the strategic waterway.

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