US navy delegation visits Chinese carrier amid maritime tensions

-The visit by the 27-member delegation of U.S. naval captains to the Liaoning, a refitted former Soviet carrier, came as Washington considers sailing warships through international waters claimed by China, a move that would infuriate Beijing.

-The U.S. captains exchanged views with Chinese peers on topics like “personnel training and management, medical support and aircraft carrier development strategy,” the Chinese navy’s official microblog said late on Monday.

-Washington is considering conducting freedom-of-navigation operations within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands China has built in the sea, without saying when it would do so.


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