The USS Spruance (front) was one of two American warships to test Beijing’s patience with a “freedom of navigation” close to territory claimed by China in the South China Sea on Monday. Photo: US Navy

Beijing insists on ‘indisputable sovereignty’ over South China Sea islands as US warships test troubled waters

  • Second US ‘freedom of navigation’ exercise in five weeks stokes Chinese anger
  • Contested waters become another front in trade war between economic rivals
Topic |   South China Sea

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The USS Spruance (front) was one of two American warships to test Beijing’s patience with a “freedom of navigation” close to territory claimed by China in the South China Sea on Monday. Photo: US Navy
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A fleet of Chinese dredgers at work in the waters around Mischief Reef in the Spratlys in the South China Sea, the disputed islands group which was the focus of a US “freedom of navigation” exercise by two destroyers on Monday. Photo: Reuters

South China Sea: US destroyers enter disputed waters near Chinese installation at Mischief Reef

  • Voyage by two warships is US’ second ‘freedom of navigation’ exercise this year
  • Naval operations sharpen edge to trade dispute as clock ticks on deal
Topic |   Diplomacy

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A fleet of Chinese dredgers at work in the waters around Mischief Reef in the Spratlys in the South China Sea, the disputed islands group which was the focus of a US “freedom of navigation” exercise by two destroyers on Monday. Photo: Reuters
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