Freedom of navigation crucial

Ongoing tensions in the South China Sea.

Freedom of navigation crucial in South China Sea

By Mike O’Hanlon

WASHINGTON — What should the United States do about China’s increased assertiveness in the South China Sea, and specifically the question of how to address its new “reclaimed” man-made islands?

This question is salient now as the United States considers sending ships near those islands, to underscore that it does not acknowledge Chinese sovereignty over them and that it certainly does not believe China can claim territorial seas 12 miles out from their shores.

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