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Exclusive - British Navy warship sails near South China Sea islands, angering Beijing

(Reuters) - Beijing expressed anger on Thursday after a British Royal Navy warship sailed close to islands claimed by China in the South China Sea late last month, saying Britain was engaged in "provocation" and that it had lodged a strong complaint.

Pentagon chief visits U.S. carrier in disputed South China Sea

ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, South China Sea (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter flew to a U.S. aircraft carrier transiting the disputed South China Sea on Thursday and blamed China for rising tension in the region on a visit sure to infuriate Beijing.

China moves to ease alarm over South China Sea plan

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Southeast Asia's top diplomat warned on Friday of great anxiety over China's plan to board and search ships that illegally enter what it considers its territory in the disputed South China Sea and said it could lead to naval clashes and undermine confidence in East Asia's economy.

U.S. patrol sought to avoid provocation, not reinforce China island claim - officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy deliberately avoided military drills or other actions that could have further inflamed tensions with Beijing during a patrol last week near islands China has built in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said.

Iran reassures Iraq over freedom of maritime navigation - ministry

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iran has reassured Iraq that there will be freedom of international maritime navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, Iraq's oil ministry said on Tuesday.

Exclusive - U.S. warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China on Sunday, two U.S. officials told Reuters, in a move that drew condemnation from Beijing as President Donald Trump seeks its continued cooperation on North Korea.

U.S. warship sails within 12 miles of China-claimed reef

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. warship carried out a "manoeuvring drill" when it sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, to show Beijing it was not entitled to a territorial sea around it, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

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