U.S. Navy Patrols Near Disputed Island in South China Sea — Washington seems to be showing displeasure with Beijing

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Sea patrol follows week where Washington seemed to signal displeasure with Beijing

The U.S. Navy sent the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem, here docked in Shanghai in 2015, near Triton Island in the Paracel island chain in the South China Sea.

The U.S. Navy sent the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem, here docked in Shanghai in 2015, near Triton Island in the Paracel island chain in the South China Sea. PHOTO: CHEN FEI/ZUMA PRESS
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Updated July 3, 2017 12:48 a.m. ET

The U.S. conducted a naval patrol close to a China-controlled island in the South China Sea on Sunday—the second such operation confirmed by American officials in less than six weeks—following several recent moves that appear to signal Washington’s displeasure with Beijing.

The U.S. Navy on Sunday sent the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem near Triton Island in the Paracel Island chain in the South China Sea, according to U.S. officials. The warship came to within 12 nautical miles of Triton, indicating the patrol…

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