U.S. Navy/Reuters - A U.S. Navy crewman views a Chinese construction on Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea
Opinion | Southeast Asia View
U.S. South China Sea policy after the ruling: Opportunities and challenges
July 22, 2016,
In spite of the legal complexities of the South China Sea ruling, the verdict was widely seen as a victory of "right" over "might" and a boost for the rules-based international order that the United States has been championing. In reality, the ruling could also pose profound challenges for the future of U.S. South China Sea policy under the Obama administration and beyond.