Ships from the four countries sail together in the South China Sea on May 9, as they participate in a maritime security field training exercise. Photo: EPA-EFE

US sea exercise with Japan, India and the Philippines was just that, not a ‘freedom of navigation operation’

  • Calling it a freedom of navigation operation implies that China objects to the normal passage of warships through the area, and risks unnecessary alarm
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Ships from the four countries sail together in the South China Sea on May 9, as they participate in a maritime security field training exercise. Photo: EPA-EFE
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