Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP)

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South China Sea

The US Conducts the First South China Sea Freedom of Navigation Operation of the Trump Era, But It Was “Off the Record”

The Trump administration may have authorized its first "freedom of navigation operation" in the South China Sea, but no U.S. government officials will go on the record to provide details.

South China Sea

The Latest US Freedom of Navigation Operation Opens the Legal Door to More Aggressive US Challenges to China’s Artificial Islands

The USS Decatur's FONOP in the South China Sea last week openly and decisively rejected a Chinese claim of maritime sovereignty near the Paracel Islands, thereby opening the legal door to a more aggressive US challenge to China’s island-building in the South China Sea.

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