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By Idrees Ali and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. navy warship sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, U.S. officials said. The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur challenged "excessive maritime claims" near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The latest U.S. patrol, first reported by Reuters, is expected to anger Beijing and could further escalate tensions over the South China Sea.
Brussels (AFP) - Canadian trade minister Chrystia Freeland blasted the European Union as "incapable" of striking an international agreement after talks for an EU-Canada trade deal collapsed Friday over the refusal of a Belgian region to sign on.