US to operate 'wherever' law allows in South China Sea

The USS Lassen destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of a disputed land formation in the Spratly IslandsThe US military will continue to operate wherever international law allows, a top US admiral said in Beijing on Tuesday, a week after America infuriated China by sailing close to artificial islands it is building in the South China Sea. “International seas and airspace belong to everyone and are not the dominion of any single nation,” Admiral Harry Harris said at the Stanford Center at Peking University. “Our military will continue to fly, sail, and operate whenever and wherever international law allows.

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