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Friday, 26 October 2012 - 13:15
US Navy to guard ''freedom of navigation'' in Asia
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The captain of a US supercarrier said the US Navy's presence in Asia would help safeguard "freedom of navigation", amid China's claims to sovereignty over vast waters in the region.

The commander of the USS George Washington, which is on a port call to the Philippine capital, said the United States was not taking sides in territorial disputes but stood firmly for keeping sea lanes open.

However, Captain Gregory Fenton emphasised that his ship's visit to Manila was a routine event and not related to the recent tensions between the Philippines, a close US ally, and China over rival claims to parts of the South China Sea.

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