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Ashton CarterChinaDepartment of DefenseMakes Statement

Comments on disputed island sail-by

28 Oct, 2015

After months of internal debate, the White House permits the Defense Department to sail one ship near a reef in the South China Sea that China claims. Carter says the U.S. has the right to operate near the Chinese structures.

What you read in the newspaper is accurate, but I don’t want to say when, whether or how we operate anywhere in the world. These are operations that we should be conducting normally.

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