The USS Dewey came close to Mischief Reef in a so-called ‘freedom of navigation operation’

A US navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China, US officials have said, the first such challenge to Beijing under the Trump administration.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Dewey was sailing close to the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbours.

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