U.S. warship sails close to Chinese artificial island in South China Sea

The United States sent a warship very close to one of China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea, a potential challenge to Beijing’s territorial claims in the contested waters.

The operation put the ship within an area that would be considered Chinese sovereign territory if the U.S. recognized the manmade islands as being Chinese territory, the official added.

The mission, which had the approval of President Barack Obama, has now concluded, the official said.

The United States had not breached the 12-mile limit since China began massive dredging operations to turn three reefs, including Subi, into artificial islands in 2014.

Read More: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/26/politics/south-china-sea-islands-u-s-destroyer/index.html

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