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The U.S. Navy sailed a warship near a Chinese-controlled island in the disputed South China Sea on Wednesday for the first time since Beijing began implementing a law requiring foreign vessels to give notice before entering waters it claims.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold “engaged in ‘normal operations’ within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef” in the Spratly chain of the strategic waterway, the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement.

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