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    US Warship Passes Near Disputed South China Sea Reef

    They’re up to Mischief. In a move likely to rattle Beijing, the U.S. Navy sent the USS Dewey within 12 miles of Mischief Reef in the Chinese-claimed Spratly Islands. The U.S. doesn’t officially recognize China’s sovereignty claims, but hadn’t previously performed such maneuvers under President Trump — perhaps due to the desire for China’s cooperation in tamping down North Korea’s nuclear threat. The Pentagon is calling it a freedom of navigation operation, meant to challenge excessive territorial claims, while Beijing says the warship has been warned to leave.

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