Seagoing Nations Must Defend Embattled Waterways

Seagoing Nations Must Defend Embattled Waterways
UNINDOPACOM photo by MC2 John Harris

Great Britain is returning to seaways “east of Suez,” decades after freeing its colonies and withdrawing, more or less, to the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. A warship from Britain's Royal Navy demonstrated on behalf of nautical freedom in the South China Sea last September, drawing a stern rebuke from China. This month the frigate HMS Argyll joined the destroyer USS McCampbell for six days' worth of exercises in the South China Sea.

Beijing will doubtless grouse anew.

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