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US warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing

WASHINGTON: Two U.S. Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China on Sunday, in a move that drew condemnation from Beijing as President Donald Trump seeks its continued cooperation on North Korea. The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters. While this operation had been planned months in advance, and similar operations have become routine, it comes at a particularly sensitive time and just days…