China is trying to take over the South China Sea and claim ownership of it by slowly but surely building artificial islands in it and then claiming the area is theirs. The U.S. and its allies are getting more active in the region to try to combat this.
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Several experts in their field have collaborated to create a comprehensive breakdown of the most recent current events in the South China Sea. Julian G. Ku, a distinguished professor at Hofstra University, Taylor Fravel, an associate professor at MIT and Malcolm Cook, a senior Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies come together to provide an incomparable inside look at the delicate relationship between the Chinese and U.S.
The U.S. Navy has been trying to avoid any conflict with China’s fake sovereignty claims over the area while continuing to traverse the area under freedom of navigation operations (FONOP) and the rules of “innocent passage”. The Chinese have continued to warn U.S. Navy ships that they must notify the Chinese Navy whenever entering or leaving the sea regardless of the nature of their operation.
The conflict has caused a series of military “challenges” between the two nations. Fighter jets have been scrambled and military ships have been followed by opposing warships while politicians argue over sanctions and travel restrictions in the area.
The experts at Foreign Policy break down the situation for us with commentary from experts in global operation and the Chinese and United States government. This article is a MUST read for anyone who wants a well-informed breakdown on the subject.
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