May

25

 The Pentagon has confirmed that the USS Dewey sailed within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of Mischief Reef in the Spratlys. The DOD spokesman stated that the U.S. "operate(s) in the Asia-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea….We operate in accordance with international law. We fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows."

This "violates" the claim that these waters are sovereign territory of the PRC. The Chinese report that two frigates drove the Dewey out of the area.

That seems improbably. The Dewey is the size of a WW II heavy cruiser. Chinese frigates are the size of American Coast Guard cutters.


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