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'Freedom of navigation' operation: US destroyer challenges Beijing's 'excessive maritime claims' in South China Sea - UPDATE: Beijing sends frigate & jets to warn off US destroyer

The USS Chafee navy destroyer has sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea in a so-called "freedom of navigation" operation, which, according to military officials cited by Reuters, was conducted to challenge China's "excessive claims."

The USS Chafee sailed past the Paracel Islands Tuesday, US military officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The destroyer reportedly sailed outside of, but "very close," to the 12-nautical-mile territorial limits of the islands which are claimed by China and its neighbors.

The mission was undertaken to challenge "excessive maritime claims" in the region, according to the officials. The destroyer, an active unit of the US Pacific Fleet, reportedly departed Hong Kong Monday.

Source: 'Freedom of navigation' operation: US destroyer challenges Beijing's 'excessive maritime claims' in South China Sea - UPDATE: Beijing sends frigate & jets to warn off US destroyer


 

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