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China Masses Militia Ships in Spratlys, Transit of USS Gabrielle Giffords Irks Beijing


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Littoral Combat Ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) sailed past Second Thomas Shoal in the disputed Spratly Island chain in the South China Sea, prompting an angry response from the Chinese military. Meanwhile, the Philippines issued a release on Sunday stating that more than 135 China Maritime Militia (CMM) were massing around a Philippine claimed reef in the Spratlys.

In Monday’s statement, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force Col. Tian Junli, spokesman for the Southern Theater Command, said Gabrielle Giffords sailed into Chinese waters without prior notification and violated Chinese law.

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