By Reuters  February 11, 2019 | 01:55 pm GMT+7 U.S.’s destroyer USS McCampbell and the Royal Navy Type 23 ‘Duke’ Class guided-missile frigate HMS Argyll maneuver during a divisional tactics exercise in the South China Sea on January 15, 2019. Photo handed out by Reuters Two U.S. warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Monday, a U.S. official told Reuters. The move might anger Beijing at a time of tense relations between the world’s two biggest economies. Beijing and Washington are locked in a trade war and the two sides are trying to hammer out a deal ahead of a March 1 deadline when U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports are scheduled to increase to 25 percent from 10 percent. Escalating tensions between the United States and China have cost both countries billions of dollars and roiled global financial markets. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the two guided-missile destroyers traveled within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands. The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese… Read full this story
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