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China says U.S. sent ships to S.China Sea to flex its muscles - Metro US

China says U.S. sent ships to S.China Sea to flex its muscles

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s foreign ministry said on Monday the United States had deliberately sent its ships to the South China Sea to flex its muscles and accused Washington of trying to drive a wedge between the countries in the region.

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made the comments during a daily press briefing in Beijing in response to a question about two U.S. aircraft carriers conducting operations and exercises in South China Sea.

(Reporting by Huizhong Wu; writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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