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    White House Quietly Reassures Allies With Sea Move

    They have the right to remain silent. Defense officials confirmed reports that a U.S. Navy destroyer navigated into the 12-mile disputed zone near artificial islands in the South China Sea, challenging Beijing’s territorial claims. But they’re not saying much else about the maneuver, which aimed to shore up alliances with countries angered by China’s aggression. Washington says it was merely exercising its right to move in international waters, but Chinese officials have spoken up loudly, labeling the move a provocation and threatening to “firmly react.”

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