Pentagon mulls military patrols of China's artificial islands in 'disputed' South China Sea

London, May 13 (ANI): The Pentagon is reportedly mulling sending US military aircraft and ships to assert freedom of navigation around the artificial island being built by China in the disputed South China Sea, a US official said. The official said that Defence Secretary Ash Carter had asked for options that included sending ships and aircraft within 12 nautical miles of reefs that were being built by China in the disputed water that is crucial to world trade, reported The Guardian. He added that the U.S. and its allies had a very different view than China over the rules of the road in the sea. The practice of sending ships and aircraft near the islands would be in keeping with the U.S. military "freedom of navigation" operations, which it conducted last year to challenge maritime claims of 19 countries including China. Such a move would pose a direct challenge to China's land reclamation activities in the disputed sea. (ANI)

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