WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it sent two Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday as the Pentagon increases the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China.

The voyage risks further raising tensions with China but will likely be viewed by self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support from the Trump administration amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing.

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The South China Sea is a powder keg, and one senior Chinese military officer seems interested in lighting the fuse even further.

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Your humble Pentagon correspondent does not normally delve into geo-political affairs, but it seems fairly clear the United States’ relationship with China really sucks right now. In fact, if the two countries were a couple that lived together, one of them would be sleeping on the couch.

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