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South China Sea

China shoots across US bow with South China Sea drills

Weeklong live-fire exercises follow tit-for-tat consulate closures

A still image of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea provided by the U.S. Navy in 2015.    © Reuters

BEIJING -- The Chinese military began live-fire drills in the South China Sea on Saturday in a challenge to U.S. freedom of navigation operations there, as the two powers trade shows of military and diplomatic force.

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