US to keep challenging Beijing’s claims to South China Sea, says navy commander | South China Morning Post

The US Navy will still challenge claims by nations such as China to exclusive access in the South China Sea, Pacific Fleet Commander Scott Swift said, insisting a hiatus in “freedom of navigation” patrols doesn’t mean the disputed waterway is a lower priority for the Trump presidency.

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“We just went through a change in administration,” Admiral Swift said on Monday at a briefing in Singapore. “I am not surprised that process has continued in a dialogue as the new administration gets its feet on the ground and determines where would be appropriate to take advantage of these opportunities and where we may want to wait.

US to keep challenging Beijing’s claims to South China Sea, says navy commander | South China Morning Post