REUTERS/David Gray - Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift in front of a poster of an Australian Navy frigate during a conference in Sydney, Australia, 2015

Paper | East Asia Policy Paper Series

The U.S. FON Program in the South China Sea

June 2016, Lynn Kuok

In this East Asia Policy Paper, Lynn Kuok argues that there are strong legal and practical imperatives supporting the conduct of U.S. freedom of navigation (FON) operations near contested features in the South China Sea. The operations could also help counter China's strategic ambiguity and attempts to assert de facto control over the South China Sea.

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