USS Stethem sailed past an island in South China Sea controlled and claimed by Beijing. President Xi Jinping complained to Trump about “negative factors” undermining ties.
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US damages ‘peace & stability’ with S. China Sea warship maneuvers – Beijingwww.rt.com Washington is damaging peace and stability in the South China Sea and is undermining China-US relations, Beijing said. The comments come a day after the ‘USS Stethem,’ a guided-missile destroyer, sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the region.
Beijing slams U.S. for "serious provocation" in the South China Seawww.newsweek.com A U.S. warship sailed through the South China Sea where Taiwan, Vietnam and China all have territorial claims.
China accuses U.S. of "serious military provocation" over islandwww.nbcnews.com The USS Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island in the Paracel Islands, a U.S. Defense Department official said.
US playing political games with latest South China Sea patrol, Chinese media sayswww.foxnews.com Chinese state media accused the U.S. on Monday of playing political games with its latest patrol in the South China Sea, adding that similar actions would not deter further construction work in the territory.
U.S. warship sails near disputed island in South China Seawww.reuters.com A U.S. warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam on Sunday in an operation meant to challenge the competing claims of all three nations, a U.S. Defense Department official said.
South China Sea: China calls USS Stethem warship 'a provocation' - BBC Newswww.bbc.com China dispatches ships and fighter jets after USS Stethem sails close to a disputed island.