Navy To Increase Patrol in South China Sea

Sep 4, 2017

The United States Navy will now schedule naval patrols in the South China Sea so as “to establish a more prominent presence in the region.” U.S. Pacific Command will conduct “freedom-of-navigation operations” two to three times a month in the region. China claims sovereignty over the waters and islands in the South China Sea. China seeks to have a dominate influence in the area and resents American warships in the area. During the Obama administration only four freedom-of-navigation operations were conducted. Since President Trump entered office, the U.S. has conducted three navigation operations. The increased naval operations in the South China Sea come as the U.S. is pressuring China to do more to reign in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and threats.