A file picture of the USS Hopper. China says the destroyer came within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island last week, which is also claimed by the Philippines. Photo: Handout

China says US forcing it to strengthen presence in South China Sea

US freedom of navigation patrols in disputed waters provoking conflict and compelling China to counter the threat, says Communist Party newspaper

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A file picture of the USS Hopper. China says the destroyer came within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island last week, which is also claimed by the Philippines. Photo: Handout
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