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US slams Chinese flights over South China Sea – Sydney Morning Herald

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Chinese aircraft did not come within 460 km of the US Navy vessels.



Regional security and diplomatic sources familiar with the situation said Chinas air force was dispatched on missions beginning mid-morning on January 23, coinciding with the US carrier group passing south of the Pratas.
China, which has long geared its military towards defending itself against the United States, was conducting exercises that would simulate an operation against an aircraft carrier, the sources said.
They purposely conducted the drills when the US carrier was passing through the…

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