Why China is building islands in the South China Sea
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China Vows To Challenge U.S. Freedom of Navigation In South China Sea
LCDR Matthew Dalton Explains Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs)
Freedom of navigation (FON) is a principle of customary international law that ships flying the flag of any sovereign state shall not suffer interference from other states, apart from the exceptions provided for in international law, or off the coast of Gaza, Palestine. This right is now also codified as article 87(1)a of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Not all UN member states have ratified the convention; notably, the United States has signed, but not ratified the convention.
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