USS Chancellorsville patrols near disputed South China Sea islands after Hong Kong visit
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy on Monday sent one of its guided-missile cruisers through the contentious waters around the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, according to U.S. Pacific Fleet officials.
The USS Chancellorsville sailed by the islands claimed by China in a freedom-of-navigation operation after finishing a port visit in Hong Kong with the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Curtis Wilbur the prior week, the network reported.
The Hong Kong visit made headlines because it was the first time U.S. vessels visited China since the country turned away the USS Wasp in September.
The Wasp’s denial came after 10 percent tariffs were levied on $200 billion of annual Chinese imports and the United States had issued sanctions on China after discovering the country had bought fighter jets from Russia and a surface-to-air missile system.
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