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France challenges China by sending warships to South China Sea

France is increasing its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region, sending warships through the South China Sea and planning air exercises to help counter China s military build-up in disputed waters. In late May, the French assault ship Dixmude and a frigate sailed through the disputed Spratly Islands and around a group of reefs that China has turned into islets to push back against Beijing s claim to own most of the resource-rich South China Sea. Our patrol involved passing close to these islets to

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