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U.S. Plans South China Sea Announcement With Tensions Escalating

A Chinese navy formation during military drills in the South China Sea on January 2, 2017.

Source: AFP via Getty Images

The Trump administration plans to make an announcement next week related to escalating tensions in the South China Sea, where Washington and Beijing are vying for military supremacy, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The U.S. has raised concerns over China’s decision to conduct military exercises in the contested waters around the Paracel Islands. The Defense Department last week called the actions “unlawful,” and the U.S. plans to lay out its official position next week, said one of the people who spoke on condition of anonymity.