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Warships off Alaska highlight Chinese navy's reach

TOKYO -- While much of the world was focused on Beijing's Sept. 3 commemoration of its victory over Japan in World War II, five Chinese navy ships were gliding into U.S. territorial waters off Alaska.

     Although China was within its rights under international law, it was nevertheless a daring move, coming just as President Barack Obama was wrapping up a visit to the northernmost state. Security experts are wondering who ordered the maneuver -- and what message they wanted to send.

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