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Chinese military vessel sails near U.S. Aegis ship in South China Sea

All Tuesday evening papers wrote that the U.S. Pacific Fleet announced on Monday that a Chinese Navy destroyer came within 41 meters of the USS Decatur in the vicinity of Gaven Reef near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Sept. 30 while the U.S. vessel was engaged in “freedom of navigation operations.” Asahi wrote that the Pacific Fleet criticized the Chinese move as an “unsafe and unprofessional maneuver.” The Chinese Defense Ministry on Tuesday issued a statement saying that China resolutely opposes actions by any nation to make unlawful provocations under the name of “freedom of navigation.” Yomiuri conjectured that the tensions between the U.S. and China are likely to grow as a result.

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