US FONOPs: Game on again in the South China Sea


Sam Bateman


The Interpreter


May 26, 2017


According to this Reuters report, which was soon followed by others citing a Pentagon spokesman, a US Navy warship, the destroyer USS Dewey, has recently sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Chinese-occupied Mischief Reef in the South China Sea. This was the first such challenge to Beijing by the US under President Donald Trump, but neither the location or the operation itself should have come as a surprise. It may also score some marks for the US in the Philippines without unduly upsetting China or the rest of the region.