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China 'coordinating with U.S.' in South China Sea search for sailor

China 'coordinating with U.S.' in  South China Sea search for sailor
From Reuters - August 3, 2017

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Thursday that it was coordinating with the U.S. navy in the search for a missing U.S. sailor in the South China Sea, a rare show of goodwill between the navies in the disputed waters.

The U.S. 7th Fleet said on Tuesday that U.S. and Japanese ships were looking for an unnamed sailor from the USS Stethem destroyer who had gone missing during a routine operation in an unspecified section of the South China Sea.

It said multiple searches were conducted inside the ship, but to no avail.

China's Defence Ministry said in a statement that its Liuzhou guided-missile frigate was in nearby waters conducting war-readiness duties, and "on the basis of humanitarian spirit, and according to the code for unplanned encounters at sea, carried out operational coordination with the U.S. side".

It said the sailor went missing when the U.S. ship had been more than 100 nautical miles southwest of the contested Scarborough Shoal, but did not elaborate.

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