U.S. patrols to raise stakes with Beijing in disputed South China Sea




 
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U.S. patrols to raise stakes with Beijing in disputed South China Sea
 
October 24th, 2015  
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U.S. patrols to raise stakes with Beijing in disputed South China Sea
By Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) - U.S. plans to send warships or military aircraft within 12 nautical miles of China's artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, possibly within days, could open a tense new front in Sino-U.S. rivalry. A range of security experts said Washington's so-called freedom of navigation patrols would have to be regular to be effective, given Chinese ambitions to project power deep into maritime Southeast Asia and beyond. China's navy could for example try to block or attempt to surround U.S. vessels, they said, risking an escalation.




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