The USS Lassen, which on Tuesday sailed within 12 nautical miles (22km) of at least one of the land formations claimed by China in the disputed Spratly Islands chain. File photo: Kyodo The USS Lassen, which on Tuesday sailed within 12 nautical miles (22km) of at least one of the land formations claimed by China in the disputed Spratly Islands chain. File photo: Kyodo
The USS Lassen, which on Tuesday sailed within 12 nautical miles (22km) of at least one of the land formations claimed by China in the disputed Spratly Islands chain. File photo: Kyodo

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The USS Lassen, which on Tuesday sailed within 12 nautical miles (22km) of at least one of the land formations claimed by China in the disputed Spratly Islands chain. File photo: Kyodo The USS Lassen, which on Tuesday sailed within 12 nautical miles (22km) of at least one of the land formations claimed by China in the disputed Spratly Islands chain. File photo: Kyodo
The USS Lassen, which on Tuesday sailed within 12 nautical miles (22km) of at least one of the land formations claimed by China in the disputed Spratly Islands chain. File photo: Kyodo
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