US warship sails in the disputed South China Sea amidst trade tensions

Last Updated: May 20 2019 14:02
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WASHINGTON- According to the United States military, on Sunday, one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea, a move likely to upset Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world's two biggest economies. 

The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which also include a trade war, US sanctions and Taiwan.

A U.S. military spokesman told Reuters that the US destroyer Preble carried out the operation.

"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.