U.S. Navy Ship Sails Near Disputed Paracel Islands, Angering China

China claims the islands as its own, along with most of the South China Sea

China is upset with the United States…

The Paracel Islands are claimed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. China, however, has built outposts there and also reclaimed land by building artificial islands and building up reefs above the waterline. In fact, China has done this throughout the South China sea in an attempt to press its claims to most of the area, despite the fact that its territorial ambitions extend far beyond its mainland borders, infringe upon international waters, and come close to the shores of other countries in the area.