A U.S. Navy destroyer in the vicinity of a man-made island in the South China Sea was told to leave the area by Chinese warships. China sternly warned the U.S. over its patrol near the disputed territory and that the moves were "not conducive to peace and stability" in the region. The destroyer was as close as 12 nautical miles from the man-made island.
A Pentagon spokesman replied that "We operate in the Asia-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea. We operate in accordance with international law." And that patrols were not about any specific country or body of water.
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