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    US-Chinese Standoff in South China Sea (51)

    The US sailing of a navy destroyer in international waters in the vicinity of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea should not be perceived as a threat by any nation, US State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier on Tuesday, China accused the United States of threatening the country’s security when Washington sailed the USS Lassen within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands.

    "When you conduct freedom of navigation operations in international waters, they are in international waters and therefore are not aimed or directed, and should not be construed as a threat by anybody," Kirby said of the reports of US naval operations.

    US officials stated the move was intended to ensure freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

    On Tuesday, the UD Department of Defense said it would continue such naval exercises in the region.

    US-Chinese Standoff in South China Sea (51)


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