Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. A US navy warship sailed to within 12 miles of the reef in a so-called freedom of navigation operation by Washington to challenge Chinese control over the islands. Photo: Reuters

US warship sails to within a few miles of island built up by China in Spratlys

First so-called freedom of navigation exercise by US under Donald Trump

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Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. A US navy warship sailed to within 12 miles of the reef in a so-called freedom of navigation operation by Washington to challenge Chinese control over the islands. Photo: Reuters
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