France sends navy mission to South China Sea as tensions build

Paris is to deploy its amphibious assault ship, the Tonnerre, and the frigate Surcouf to sail twice through waters claimed by Beijing, to assert its own presence in the region. 

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France is navigating its own path as an alternative power to China and the US in the South China Sea as the military build-up continues in the Indo-Pacific, one of the world’s most strategic and volatile regions, reports The Telegraph.