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South China Sea: how the French navy is charting its own course between China and the US

France is stepping up its military presence in the South China Sea with a strategically balanced approach to avoid increasing tension with Beijing.After sending the nuclear attack submarine Émeraude and naval support ship Seine through the South China Sea in early February, France is preparing another transit to put pressure on Beijing’s claims on the waterway by sending an amphibious assault ship, the Tonnerre, and the frigate Surcouf to pass through the disputed waters twice during its annual…


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