May 25, 2017

US patrol sends signal to Beijing's claims in South China Sea – but how strong?

Featuring Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper

Source: Christian Science Monitor

Journalist Michael Holtz

Fifteen years ago, when China and the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations committed to establishing a code of conduct to govern actions in the South China Sea, the Paracel Islands were little more than a collection of rocks 138 miles off the coast of Vietnam.

They’re now home to Chinese harbors, helipads, and an air base. Last year, Beijing deployed anti-aircraft missiles to the archipelago. And satellite images released earlier this year by Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington show that more work is being done in likely preparation for further construction. 

China’s militarization of the South China Sea, a vast waterway through which more than $5 trillion in trade passes each year, faced sharp criticism from the Obama administration, which regularly ordered freedom-of-navigation patrols to challenge Beijing’s territorial claims in the area.

Read the full article in Christian Science Monitor.

  • Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. She is formerly a Fellow with the CSIS Asia Program and Director of the CSIS A...