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US warships sailing near disputed islands in the South China Sea: report



Two US Navy warships reportedly sailed near the South China Sea islands claimed by China on Sunday.

The deployment of two US officials comes as President Donald Trump attempts to arrange a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and just days after the Pentagon lifted an offer for China to participate in a US-hosted Marine Drill ,

The USS Higgins, led The USS Antietam, a missile cruiser, is said to have been 1

2 nautical miles from the Paracel Islands southeast of Hainan, Reuters reported, adding that the US authorities demanded anonymity.

US vessel maneuver operations have been completed Near the Isles of Tree, Lincoln, Triton and Woody, the report states:

The South China Sea remains a contested area with its neighboring countries – Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines , Taiwan and Vietnam – Contesting China's Territorial Claims

Earlier this month, China has angered Vietnam and the Philippines by landing bombers on a disputed archipelago in the South China Sea.

Bradford Betz is an editor on Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.


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