May 6, 2019 / 7:44 AM / a year ago

China says urges U.S. to stop provocative acts in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday its navy warned U.S. ships sailing near islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea to leave the area and that the U.S. should stop such provocative acts.

Two U.S. guided-missile destroyers traveled within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands, a U.S. military spokesman told Reuters, a move that could anger Beijing at a time of tense relations between the world’s two biggest economies.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Nick Macfie

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