US naval, air maneuvers become ‘new normal’ in Asia Pacific

May 28, 2016 3:44 PM

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US naval, air maneuvers become ‘new normal’ in Asia Pacific

WASHINGTON — American ships and fighter jets maneuvering across the South China Sea and the Sea of Japan represent the “new normal” in U.S.-Pacific relations despite rising tensions with China and Moscow.

U.S. moves in recent months have led to angry protests from China and Russia, which contend the Obama administration is fueling unrest in the Asia Pacific and conducting illegal and unsafe transit in the region. U.S. military leaders defend the operations and say they will continue to exercise freed...

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