The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) conducts routine operations near the Chinese vessel Hai Yang Di Zhi 4 Hao on July 1. Photo: US NavyThe Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) conducts routine operations near the Chinese vessel Hai Yang Di Zhi 4 Hao on July 1. Photo: US Navy
The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) conducts routine operations near the Chinese vessel Hai Yang Di Zhi 4 Hao on July 1. Photo: US Navy

US, Vietnam and Philippines accuse Beijing of ‘unlawful maritime claims’ with five-day drill in South China Sea

  • Exercises near the Paracel Islands break pledge not to militarise contested maritime region, says US Department of Defence
  • Vietnam’s foreign ministry says ‘violation of sovereignty’ may harm China’s relationship with Asean

Topic |   South China Sea
The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) conducts routine operations near the Chinese vessel Hai Yang Di Zhi 4 Hao on July 1. Photo: US NavyThe Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) conducts routine operations near the Chinese vessel Hai Yang Di Zhi 4 Hao on July 1. Photo: US Navy
The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) conducts routine operations near the Chinese vessel Hai Yang Di Zhi 4 Hao on July 1. Photo: US Navy
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