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France Affirms Right to 'Freedom of Navigation' after China Spat in Taiwan Strait

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7Dnews London

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:56 GMT

France on Thursday April 25th reaffirmed its commitment to "freedom of navigation under maritime law" following a spat with China over the passage of a French warship through the Taiwan Strait earlier this month. 

"The (French) national navy crosses the Taiwan Strait about once a year, without any incident nor reaction," an aide to French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said after China confirmed lodging an official protest over what was seen as a rare passage by a warship from a European power.

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