For the second time this month, the American destroyer Preble sailed near islands that were claimed by China in the disputed South China Sea while the two countries engaged in a trade battle.
The business was conducted on Sunday, Reuters reported, quoting a commander of the seventh fleet. Preble sailed 1
2 miles from Scarborough Reef “to challenge excessive maritime demands and preserve access to waterways,” the commander said.
The latest round of trade negotiations between the Trump administration and China broke up earlier this month without an agreement after Trump accused China of relying on agreed parts of a deal and hiked $ 200 billion tariffs for imports from China.
China introduced repayment traffic increases of $ 60 billion US goods and in the US the price of soybeans fell to a 10-year low for fear of a prolonged trade war. US officials then noted $ 300 billion more Chinese goods for possible tariffs.
The passage coincided with naval wells performed by India and Singapore, according to local media. These exercises are expected to continue until May 22. The United States has often criticized China for what it considers the country’s militarization of the South China Sea, while China, in turn, has considered America’s behavior in the region as provocation. 19659005] Fox News & # 39; Bradford Betz and Associated Press contributed to this report