South China Sea: Japanese warships sailed near Chinese-controlled reefs in Spratly Islands ‘to pressure’ Beijing

Japanese warships have sailed through waters close to Chinese-controlled islands and reefs in the South China Sea on at least two occasions in the last 10 months, entering the contiguous zone around the disputed Spratly Islands, Japanese media have reported.The Maritime Self-Defence Force (MSDF) vessels were carrying out “freedom of navigation” patrols “to deter China”, the conservative Yomiuri newspaper claimed.However, some analysts suggested the warships’ journeys might more properly be…


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