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China can’t just ‘pick and choose’ from the Law of the Sea

Last May, Washington disinvited Beijing from the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercise on the grounds that Chinese actions in the South China Sea run counter to the pursuit of free and open seas.

  • Tuan N Pham
  • East Asia Forum

Like RIMPAC 2014 and 2016, China dispatched a spy ship into the United States’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) to monitor the world’s largest international maritime exercise.

Pero 4dAnd just like the past two exercises, Washington did not object to the Chinese ship’s presence — which is not the response received from Beijing when US and…

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