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US destroyer sails near disputed chain in South China Sea again

US destroyer sails near disputed chain in South China Sea again
USS John S. McCain steamed Tuesday past the Spratly Islands, a disputed chain in the South China Sea.

US destroyer sails near disputed chain in South China Sea again The destroyer USS John S.McCain passes through the South China Sea on a freedom-of-navigation patrol on Tuesday, Dec.McCain steamed Tuesday past the Spratly Islands, a disputed chain in the South China Sea west of the Philippines, in another demonstration of freedom of maritime navigation, according to a 7th Fleet spokesman.China, which claims authority over most of the South China Sea, built bases capable of accommodating fighter jets and other advanced weaponry.

“Unlawful and sweeping maritime claims in the South China Sea pose a serious threat to the freedom of the seas, including the freedoms of navigation and overflight, free trade and unimpeded commerce and freedom of economic opportunity for South China Sea littoral nations,” according to the statement.The McCain’s last demonstration in the South China Sea, on Oct.

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