Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 A Freedom of Navigation Primer for the Spratly Islands

Author:

Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and The Center for Strategic and International Studies

Source:

Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and The Center for Strategic and International Studies

Date:

 

Description:

The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Lassen passed through the Spratly Islands on October 26 in the first freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the area since 2012. The operation included sailing within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef, a feature that was previously submerged at high-tide and on which China constructed an artificial island over the last two year

Tags: South China Sea, US-China Relations, Freedom of navigation, Primer