US to return to South China Sea after warship visit

The USS Lassen, seen here, entered an area claimed by China in the South China Sea last week
The USS Lassen, seen here, entered an area claimed by China in the South China Sea last week

(BBC) The US has said it plans to return to contested areas of the South China Sea, with a top military commander saying it has conducted similar operations worldwide “for decades”.

The sailing of a US warship within an area claimed by China last week angered Beijing, which issued a warning.

Adm Harry Harris, speaking in Beijing, said such moves should surprise no-one.

An unnamed US official earlier told Reuters similar patrols would take place at least “twice a quarter”.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen breached the 12-nautical mile zone that China claims around the Subi and Mischief reefs in the Spratly archipelago.

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