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U.S. military conducts freedom of navigation operation in South China Sea

  • November 30, 2018
  • , NHK
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NHK reported this morning that the U.S. military disclosed that it conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea on Monday. The broadcaster said the operation was aimed at keeping China in check before the U.S.-China summit planned on the sidelines of the G20 Summit that will begin in Argentina on Friday. The network said the U.S. Pacific Fleet told NHK that the USS Chancellorsville conducted a freedom of navigation operation by sailing near the Paracel islands in the South China Sea on Monday. According to the network, the Pacific Fleet stressed that it is determined not to allow China to make unilateral claims of sovereignty over the islands and build military bases there by saying that the operation is aimed at “challenging excessive maritime claims and preserving access to the waterways as governed by international law.” While noting that a Chinese destroyer came close to colliding with a U.S. destroyer during a freedom of navigation operation in September, the network said no such incident was observed this time. The network added that two U.S. Navy ships passed through the Taiwan Strait on Nov. 28.

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