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US to Challenge China's South China Sea Claims

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US to Challenge China's South China Sea Claims

US to Challenge China's South China Sea Claims

For story suggestions please contact [email protected] The Pentagon is considering sending aircraft and naval ships to challenge China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and demonstrate the United States’ regular observance of ‘freedom of navigation’ operations in the disputed waters.

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US to Challenge China's South China Sea Claims

RESTRICTIONS: NONE For story suggestions please contact [email protected] The Pentagon is considering sending aircraft and naval ships to challenge China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and demonstrate the United States’ regular observance of ‘freedom of navigation’ operations in the disputed waters.

U.S. aircraft and naval ships have approached, but have not yet penetrated, the 12-nautical-mile zone declared by China around the artificial islands that China is busy constructing.

The Pentagon is now considering penetrating these zones, although American aircraft and ships will maintain a 12-nautical-mile distance from the original islands.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has asked staff to consider options such as flying Navy surveillance aircraft over the islands and sending U.S. naval ships into the reefs around China’s reclaimed islands.

China, ignoring laws governing international waters, regularly deploys Chinese coast guard vessels to waters within 12 nautical miles of the Senkaku Islands.

That, and its rapid, artificial island expansion in the Spratly Island chain have raised concerns in the region and in the Pentagon.

Since March 2014, China has reclaimed seven sites in the Spratlys and China is also constructing an airstrip on at least one artificial island.

RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1.

Chinese coast guard vessels traveling within 12 nautical miles of the Senkaku Islands 2.

China’s artificial island expansion in the South China Sea 3.

U.S. aircraft and the USS Fort Worth maintain their distance from the Spratly Islands 4.

U.S. navy ship traveling within 12 nautical miles of the artificial islands but will stay clear of the original islands VOICEOVER (in English): “China, in contravention of laws governing international waters, regularly deploys Chinese coast guard vessels to waters within 12 nautical miles of the Senkaku Islands.” “That, and its rapid, artificial expansion of islands in the Spratly Island chain have raised concerns in the region and in the Pentagon.” “U.S. aircraft and naval ships have approached, but have not yet penetrated, the 12-nautical-mile zone declared by China around the artificial islands.” “The Pentagon is now considering penetrating these zones, although American aircraft and ships will maintain a 12-nautical-mile distance from the original islands.” SOURCES: Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, BBC http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/12/us-usa-china-military-idUSKBN0NX2ON20150512 http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-military-proposes-challenge-to-china-sea-claims-1431463920 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-32666046 *** For story suggestions please contact [email protected] For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377




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