The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell - seen here firing a drone during a test of US Navy air defence systems - carried out a “freedom of navigation” operation near the Paracel Islands. Photo: US Navy

US warship sails near disputed Paracels in South China Sea as trade talks under way in Beijing

  • USS McCampbell sailed within 12 nautical miles of the island chain ‘to challenge excessive maritime claims’
  • But Pacific Fleet say ‘freedom of navigation’ operation was not about any one country or to make political statement
Topic |   South China Sea

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The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell - seen here firing a drone during a test of US Navy air defence systems - carried out a “freedom of navigation” operation near the Paracel Islands. Photo: US Navy
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