Navy destroyer sails near island claimed by China, Vietnam, Taiwan

The Hill
Date: 07/02/17
By: Rebecca Savransky

A U.S. military official told CNN the destroyer sailed within 12 miles of the island, which is claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan.

The Navy was conducting a “freedom of navigation exercise” around Triton Island in the Paracel archipelago, according to the network.

China claimed the destroyer went into territorial waters, CNN reported.

The network also noted that the top U.S. commander in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, said last Wednesday that “fake islands should not be believed by real people.”

“I believe the Chinese are building up combat power and positional advantage in an attempt to assert de facto sovereignty over disputed maritime features and spaces in the South China,” Harris added.

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