US destroyer sails in South China Sea to make a point
In July, an international tribunal in the Hague deemed the bulk of China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea to have no legal basis under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The transit of the USS Decatur in the South China Sea was part of a routine operation “in full compliance with international law,” according to Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Gary Ross.
In recent months, Beijing has reacted angrily to US freedom of navigation operations in the region, scrambling fighter jets and boats and denouncing the actions as “threatening Chinese sovereignty.”
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