U.S. destroyer Preble sails near Scarborough Shoal

China | 20 May 2019 1:15 pm

The U.S. military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea yesterday, a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world’s two biggest economies. 

The U.S. destroyer Preble carried out the operation, a U.S. military spokesman told Reuters.

“Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law,” said Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet.

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