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USA sails warships in South China Sea

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The sailed two of its warships, USS and USS Preble, close to the disputed on Monday.

The movement was carried out as part of what the US Navy labels as a "freedom of navigation operation".

"(The Operation was carried out) to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law," the for the US Navy's 7th Fleet, told

"All operations are designed in accordance with international law and demonstrate that the will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows. That is true in the Sea as in other places around the globe," he added.

The USA had, in January this year, sailed another warship, USS McCampbell, within 12 nautical miles of the in the Sea.

China, in retaliation, had deployed missiles "capable of targeting medium and large ships," accusing the of trespassing its territorial waters. is yet to respond to Monday's event.

"The US action violated the Chinese laws and international laws, infringed China's sovereignty, damaged regional peace, security, and order. will take necessary actions to protect state sovereignty," had said after the January incident.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 11:55 IST