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An official said the two US guided-missile destroyers traveled within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands US destroyers sail in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions with China
Kenny Thornton | 12 February, 2019, 07:57

The two sides are trying to hammer out a deal before the March 1 deadline when USA tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports are scheduled to increase to 25 percent from 10 percent.

The operation was the second in the South China Sea reported by the US Navy this year.

A U.S. official said the warships had approached the islands on Monday to counter Chinese claims of domination over the entire South China Sea.

At the start of next month, United States tariffs on $200billion (£155billion) worth of Chinese imports are set to more than double from 10% to 25%.

Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing that the ships entered the waters without China's permission.

Well Mark... the USS Spruance and USS Preble conducted what the U.S. Navy called a freedom of navigation operation within 22 kilometers of the Spratly Islands on Monday.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet confirmed the FONOP Monday afternoon with global media, stating that the operation was conducted "to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by worldwide law".

As U.S. -China trade negotiations resumes with deputy level meetings, the two countries are trying to hammer out a deal before the March 1 deadline.

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"The US action violated the Chinese laws and global laws, infringed China's sovereignty, damaged regional peace, security, and order", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at the time.

China's foreign ministry expressed anger on Monday after the warships sailed in the disputed South China Sea.

The operation was the US's latest attempt to counter what it sees as China's mission to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters where Chinese, Japanese and Southeast Asian navies operated.

The Navy sent USS Preble, left, and USS Spruance, right, near the Chinese manmade island of Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region. In January, the destroyer USS McCampbell sailed within 22kms of the Paracel Islands.

The destroyers conducted the passage, illustrating the continuing USA military presence in the area, to which China routinely has objected.

China says the construction is necessary for defence, and it was the U.S. that was responsible for tensions by sending warships and military planes close to islands Beijing claims.

Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan all have competing claims for territory in the region.

The two countries are also at loggerheads over regional security, with the United States offering support to the island nation of Taiwan, which China also claims as its own.

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