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US Navy plans show of force in South China Sea, report says

Suggested operations intended to deter China following near-collision of warships

Navy ships assemble off the coast of Hawaii during the Rim of Pacific (RIMPAC) July. (U.S. Navy photo)

NEW YORK -- The U.S. Pacific Fleet is preparing to hold a series of operations in the South China Sea next month in a demonstration of force against China, CNN has reported, citing several American defense officials.

The draft proposal "suggests sailing ships and flying aircraft near China's territorial waters in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait in freedom of navigation operations to demonstrate the right of free passage in international waters," the cable news channel said in a Web story first posted on Wednesday.

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