Are Freedom of Navigation Operations in East Asia Enough?

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Are periodic cruises through waters where a coastal state claims rights and prerogatives beyond those codified by treaty enough to safeguard maritime freedom?

  • James Holmes
  • The National Interest

The question is a hardy perennial among those who hold forth about maritime strategy in Asia: are “freedom of navigation” operations enough?

Are periodic cruises through waters where a coastal state claims rights and prerogatives beyond those codified by treaty enough to safeguard maritime freedom?

Answer: freedom-of-navigation operations are necessary but not sufficient guarantors of “freedom of the sea,” the nearly limitless liberty to use the…

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