US Warship Once Again Tests International Law In South Sea

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Published on 30 Jan 2016, 18:17
A defense official said U.S. warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea on Saturday to exercise the U.S.'s freedom to navigate in international waters.According to Defense Department spokesman Mark Wright in Washington, the USS Curtis Wilbur destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, in the Paracels chain, without notifying the three claimants to the surrounding seas beforehand.China, Taiwan and Vietnam have claims in the Paracels and require prior notice from ships transiting in nearby waters. Wright said the those countries attempts to restrict navigational rights by requiring prior notice are inconsistent with international law.

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