US reply to China war drill: We will maintain South China Sea presence

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MANILA, Philippines–The United States will maintain its presence in the South China Sea despite ballistic missile tests by China in the area which appeared to be a warning to the US, an American military official said on Thursday (Aug. 27).

Vice Admiral Scott Conn, commander of the US Navy’s 3rd Fleet, said he was aware of reports that Beijing launched two missiles into the disputed South China Sea on Wednesday (Aug. 26) during its naval exercises in the area.

In a telephone briefing with reporters, Conn said the US Navy continues to “monitor exercises throughout the region” including those launched by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China.

“Our naval forces…

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