US continues to conduct patrols in South China Sea

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 31.5.2017 11:12

On Thursday, 25 May, a US warship sailed in the disputed area of the South China Sea. It was the first operation of this kind under the administration of Donald Trump, meant to secure the freedom of navigation in international waters.

Beijing, which claims almost the entire area of the South China Sea, where it also builds artificial islands and places military equipment, has condemned such moves by the US and threatened to increase its military capabilities in the area. Similar US patrols have been undertaken by the United States before, under Barack Obama's administration, but no such operation has taken place since Donald Trump's election, likely due to the US's attempt to maintain good relations with Beijing, who, thanks to its influence in the DPRK, can fundamentally help to ease the tensions on the Korean peninsula. However, the US' lax approach to the expansion of China in the South China Sea has disturbed US allies in the region. This is why some American senators have urged Donald Trump to renew these patrols, assuring allies of US support and protecting the international rights of freedom of navigation.

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