US tells Beijing sea patrols will continue

The guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh is seen anchored at a former US naval base in the Philippines in 2015, as part of US military patrols in the South China SeaThe US will continue naval patrols in the disputed South China Sea, Washington’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice told Chinese representatives during a series of meetings in Beijing, a senior American official said Tuesday. Rice is among the highest-level US officials to visit China since an international tribunal this month rejected its vast territorial claims in the strategically vital region — infuriating Beijing and fuelling tensions with Washington.

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