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× Admiral: US hasn’t stepped up sea patrols to confront China

SINGAPORE - A top U.S. admiral says the Navy has not stepped up maritime patrols to challenge China's sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea but is maintaining a "consistent" presence in the disputed waters.


Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson sought Wednesday to reassure regional partners, some of whom have opposing claims in the waters but benefit from good relations…