Topping the list in any review of the 70-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty between Manila and Washington is the need for a precise definition of what the United States’ commitment is to the republic in a crisis, the Philippines’ secretary of defense said today. Read More
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Beijing Irked at Twin U.S. South China Sea FONOPS
A pair of U.S. Navy freedom of navigation operations on two consecutive days in the South China Sea this week has irked Chinese officials at a time they are seeking to ease trade tensions with the U.S. Read More
U.S. Warship Sails Past Disputed South China Sea Artificial Island in Freedom of Navigation Mission
This post has been updated to indicate that the freedom of navigation operation past Mischief Reef was the second, not the first FON op this year. A January mission past Scarborough Shoal was considered a freedom of navigation operation.
A U.S. guided-missile destroyer conducted a freedom of navigation operation past an artificial island controlled by China on Friday, a U.S. defense official confirmed to USNI News. Read More
China Chides U.S. Over Latest South China Sea Freedom of Navigation Operation
THE PENTAGON — Beijing officials issued a public complaint on Wednesday over a U.S. freedom of navigation operation in which a U.S. destroyer challenged excessive Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. Read More
USS John S. McCain Conducts South China Sea Freedom of Navigation Operation Past Mischief Reef; 3rd South China Sea FONOp This Year
A U.S. guided-missile destroyer came within 12 nautical miles of the contested Chinese installation built on an artificial island off the coast of the Philippines on Thursday, a defense official confirmed to USNI News. Read More
UPDATED: USS Stethem Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation Past Triton Island in South China Sea
This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. Pacific Fleet.
A U.S. destroyer came within 12 nautical miles of a Chinese holding in the South China Sea, a U.S. defense official told USNI News on Sunday morning. Read More
Guided Missile Destroyer USS Sterett Makes Chinese Port Visit
A U.S. guided missile destroyer has pulled into southern China as part of a planned port visit with the People’s Liberation Army Navy. Read More
China Pushes Back Against SECDEF Mattis ‘Irresponsible Remarks’ on South China Sea
Beijing has issued a rebuke to U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and his Japanese counterpart over comments on the South China Sea that Chinese leadership has deemed, “irresponsible.” Read More
UPDATED: A Brief History of U.S. Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea
Over the past three years, the U.S. and China have been at odds over the status of Chinese artificial islands in the South China Sea and U.S. Freedom of Navigation Operations. Read More
U.S. Warship Came Within 6 Miles of Chinese Artificial Island in Toughest Challenge Yet to Beijing South China Sea Claims
This post has been updated with additional information on the Dewey freedom of navigation operation.
A U.S. destroyer sailed within six nautical miles of a Chinese artificial island on Wednesday in the strongest challenge of hotly debated Chinese claims in the South China Sea, USNI News has learned. Read More