A US destroyer sailed close to a string of islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on October 21, the Pentagon said, amid continued tensions in the contested waterway. The USS Decatur passed close to the Paracel Islands and "conducted this transit in a routine, lawful manner without ship escorts and without incident," Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross said. Photo: AFP

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A US destroyer sailed close to a string of islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on October 21, the Pentagon said, amid continued tensions in the contested waterway. The USS Decatur passed close to the Paracel Islands and "conducted this transit in a routine, lawful manner without ship escorts and without incident," Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross said. Photo: AFP
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