South China Sea | Are US naval assertions in the South China Sea necessary?

Are US naval assertions in the South China Sea necessary?

US freedom of navigation operations in the Spratly Islands are pre-emptive challenges to China's potential claims and thus are beyond normal international practice

Haikou, November 11, 2017 9:59 AM (UTC+8)
The Arleigh Burke Class missile destroyer USS Stethem transits waters east of the Korean peninsula on March 22, 2017. Photo: US Navy Handout via Reuters/Kurtis Hatcher
The Arleigh Burke Class missile destroyer USS Stethem transits waters east of the Korean peninsula on March 22, 2017. Photo: US Navy Handout via Reuters/Kurtis Hatcher
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