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U.S. carries out freedom of navigation operation in South China Sea

All Friday morning papers wrote that the USS McCain on Thursday passed through waters within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by the Chinese in the South China Sea. The papers explained that this was the third “freedom of navigation” operation under the Trump administration and may have been intended to step up the pressure on Beijing to exercise its influence over North Korea.

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