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US Navy stages back-to-back challenges to Beijing's South China Sea claims

April 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A United States Navy warship conducted a "freedom of navigation operation" Wednesday aimed in part at challenging China's claims in the South China Sea, the second such operation in as many days near disputed islands that the US has accused Beijing of militarizing.

Hong Kong (CNN)A United States Navy warship conducted a "freedom of navigation operation" Wednesday aimed in part at challenging China's claims in the South China Sea, the second such operation in as many days near disputed islands that the US has accused Beijing of militarizing.

On Tuesday the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducted a freedom of navigation mission near the Paracel Islands, which are called the Xisha Islands by China, challenging Beijing's claims to the waters around the islands in the northern areas of the South China Sea. US freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea are not rare, but they typically occur weeks or more apart.

"US forces operate in the South China Sea on a daily basis," Mommsen said in the statement.

On April 23, the US secretary of state said it was Beijing that was using the pandemic to further its claims in the South China Sea.

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