A US destroyer sailed by the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Wednesday in the latest challenge to Beijing’s claims over the disputed waters.The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet said the USS Russell “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law”.“This freedom of navigation operation upheld the rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea recognised in international law by challenging unlawful restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China…



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