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US Warship on ‘Freedom of Navigation Operation’ in South China Sea

The U.S. Defense Department sent a navy warship to carry out a freedom of navigation operation in the disputed South China Sea Tuesday. The USS William P. Lawrence sailed within 12 nautical miles of Chinese-occupied Fiery Cross Reef to "challenge excessive maritime claims of some claimants in the South China Sea," department of defense spokesman Bill Urban said. "These excessive maritime claims are inconsistent with international law as reflected in the Law of the Sea...

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