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China’s Defense Ministry traded blame with the U.S. on Wednesday over rising tensions in the South China Sea, a day after Washington sent a guided-missile destroyer near a Chinese-controlled man-made island.

In a statement posted on the ministry’s website, Beijing voiced “resolute opposition” to Tuesday’s sail-by, saying the U.S. operation “only further justified China’s construction of defense facilities in the area” and would result in more maritime and air patrols by Beijing.

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