To understand the implications of the recent U.S. FONOP near the Paracel Islands, it is worth stepping back to consider the diplomatic and legal context.
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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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The U.S. Government’s Continued Indecision on the South China Sea: Can We Get Past the FONOP Debate?
A recent column demonstrates the disagreement between U.S. military leadership and the White House regarding how the U.S. response strategy in the South China Sea.
Over the weekend, the U.S. Navy conducted another “freedom of navigation” operation in the South China Sea. This time, there's reason to believe the operation is a success.
China’s Harassment of Civilian Ships and Aircraft in the South China Sea Reminds Us Why We Need More U.S. Freedom of Navigation Operations
If it is true that China is now impeding civilian freedom of navigation, the U.S. case for conducting more freedom of navigation operations in the region is even stronger.
The past two FON operations in the South China Sea are models in how to squander flawless operational execution with confused, inconsistent, and ultimately damaging messaging.
Could a Philippines territorial sea be driving the confusion over the U.S. Navy's freedom of navigation exercise in the South China Sea?
The US Navy’s “Innocent Passage” In the South China Sea May Have Actually Strengthened China’s Sketchy Territorial Claims
The US Navy conducted the weakest type of FONOP it could have chosen, limiting the operation to innocent passage, and potentially strengthening China’s sketchy territorial claims in the region.
The USS Lassen's maneuver in the South China Sea has been presented as a challenge to Chinese maritime claims and island-building operations. But in fact there are two quite distinct legal issues at play.