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A handout photo released by the U.S. Navy dated 25 May 2015 of the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen, which sailed within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef in the Spratly archipelago. (Naval Air Crewman Evan Kenny/EPA)
A U.S. Navy warship sailed past one of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday, in a challenge to Chinese sovereignty claims that drew an angry protest from Beijing, which said the move damaged U.S.-China relations and regional peace.
China's Foreign Ministry said authorities monitored and warned the USS Lassen as it entered what China claims as a 21-kilometre territorial limit around Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands archipelago, a group of reefs, islets, and atolls where the Philippines has competing claims.
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