October 26, 2015

The Price of Delay: US Navy To Challenge Chinese Claims

Featuring Patrick M. Cronin

Journalist Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

WASHINGTON: After five months of hints, declarationsmixed messages, and dithering, the US is reportedly set to challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea.

But the months of signaling will cost us. What might have been a low-key “freedom of navigation operation” — sailing, flying, or training in disputed areas to set a legal precedent for access — may well get a lot more complicated because of the buildup.

“[I’m] still waiting to see it before I believe it,” one Senate staffer said. (The Pentagon declined to comment when we asked for confirmation). “It’s long overdue, and the long delay has made it a bigger deal than it actually is.”

Read the full article at Breaking Defense.


  • Patrick M. Cronin

    Former Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a former Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the ...