Friday, June 9, 2017
China's response to US Navy 'freedom of navigation' operations in the South China Sea.
The USS Dewey conducted on May 24 a 'freedom of navigation operation' (FoNOps) within 12 nautical miles of the artificial island that China has built on Mischief Reef. This is the first the US Navy has undertaken in the South China Sea since President Donald Trump's administration took office. It was unprecedentedly assertive, challenging for the first time the existence of territorial seas around one of China's artificial islands.