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The real purpose of US Navy 'freedom of navigation operations' around disputed South China Sea islands - South China Morning Post

With days to go before Asian defence officials meet in Singapore for the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, the United States carried out its first South China Sea freedom of navigation operation (fonop) for the year. The guided missile destroyer USS Dewey ...and more »

Dewey Freedom of Navigation Operation Challenges China's Sovereignty to Mischief Reef - Lawfare (blog)

Reuters reports that on May 24 the guided missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) transited within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef, a feature in the South China Sea occupied by China. China made “stern representations” to the United States, and later ...and more »

China's defense ministry: US navy patrol not conducive to peace in S.China Sea - ecns

China's Ministry of National Defense spokesman Ren Guoqiang said on Thursday that two Chinese warships warned a U.S. Navy warship to leave after it sailed within 12 nautical miles of Meiji Reef of China's Nansha Islands in the South China Sea. Speaking ...and more »

Water Wars: Fighters, Flights, and Perhaps a FONOP - Lawfare (blog)

This week, the United States navy carried out what may be its first Freedom of Navigation Exercises (FONOPs) in the South China Sea since President Trump took office, just a few days after a close encounter between American and Chinese aircraft. On ...and more »

China plans undersea observation system 'for science and national security' - South China Morning Post

China plans to build a massive underwater observation system that will cover the disputed East and South China seas. The 2 billion yuan (US$290 million) seabed observation systems will provide real-time information about the environmental conditions ...and more »

China 'strongly dissatisfied' with G7 statement on East, South China Seas - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is “strongly dissatisfied” with the mention of the East and South China Sea issues in a Group of Seven (G7) statement, and the G7 allies should stop making irresponsible remarks, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said. FILE ...and more »

Chinese fighter jets pulled an 'unsafe' close pass near a US Navy plane over the South China Sea - Business Insider

china air force air show j-10 J-10s fly in formation at an air show. Xinhuanet Chinese fighter jets have once again engaged in "unsafe and unprofessional" behavior around a US Navy plane flying over the contested South China Sea, ABC News reports. The ...and more »

Trump just checked Beijing in the South China Sea for the first time — and it's a risky bet - Business Insider

China said the USS Dewey, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed just a few miles off the coast of the Mischief Reef on Wednesday; the reef is an artificial island built and militarized by China. On the US side, there was silence — the US did not issue a ...and more »

China dismisses US account of 'dangerous intercept' in South China Sea - South China Morning Post

The defence ministry yesterday accused the US armed forces of posing a danger in the South China Sea last week, rejecting Washington's account of an encounter between Chinese and US military aircraft. An analyst said common ground on North Korea might ...and more »

Chinese jets 'intercept US surveillance plane' -

Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 200 yards (180 metres) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, speaking on condition of ...and more »