China: US Patrols in South China Sea ‘Dangerous, Provocative’

BEIJING—China's navy chief told his U.S. counterpart it was "dangerous and provocative" for Washington to sail a navy destroyer this week near artificial islands built by Beijing in disputed parts of the South China Sea.

The comments came during a hastily arranged hour-long video teleconference Thursday between Admiral John Richardson, the U.S. chief of naval operations, and Chinese Navy Admiral Wu Shengli.

U.S. defense officials described the talks as professional and productive, and said both sides agreed to maintain regular dialogue and stick with protocols to help avoid clashes. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE

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