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International relations

US trades barbs with China after warships nearly collide

Chinese vessel's movements in South China Sea were 'unsafe': Navy official

The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur operating in the South China Sea in 2016.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- A Chinese warship sailed within 40 meters of a U.S. Navy vessel in the South China Sea on Sunday, in what the U.S. Pacific Fleet said was an "unsafe and unprofessional maneuver."

Charles Brown, a spokesman for the Hawaii-based fleet, said the Chinese Luyang destroyer approached the U.S. Decatur near the disputed Spratly islands in the water.

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