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Once again risking a confrontation with the Chinese Navy (at a particularly sensitive time, given where we are with the trade war) the Navy carried out another "freeop" in the South China Sea over the weekend.
A US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer sailed within 12 miles of a disputed shoal, ignoring Beijing's repeated warnings to stay away.
Sunday - USS - Preble - Destroyer - Tomahawk
On Sunday, the USS Preble, a destroyer armed with Tomahawk missiles, sailed along the Scarborough Shoal, directly challenging China's disputed claim to the area.
"Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law," said Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet.
Beijing - US - Incursions - Territory - Foreign
Beijing, always quick to condemn US incursions on its claimed territory, Foreign Minister Lu Kang said...
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