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Navy officer has pushed back against suggestions at a regional security summit that freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea have been ineffective, calling them a long cheap canada goose term strategy for demonstrating that China’s claims canada goose clearance sale in the canada goose outlet online uk body of water are canada goose outlet nyc not Canada Goose online internationally recognized.

Speaking in Singapore at the annual Shangri La Dialogue organized by the International Institute Canada Goose Online of Strategic Studies, Rear Adm. Donald Gabrielson, commander of Logistics Group Western Pacific, added that the operations, known by the acronym FONOP, are not meant to be a military provocation or intended to shape policy in the short term. China has also deployed surface to air, anti ship and jamming equipment to its reclaimed islands.

The islands in the Spratly and Paracel groups are also claimed by five other Asian countries, and several have reclaimed and constructed facilities on the islands, although they have been canada goose uk outlet dwarfed Canada Goose Outlet by the pace and scale of China’s activities.

Gabrielson, who is due to be the next commander of canada goose outlet Carrier Strike Group 11 out of Everett, Washington, canada goose outlet canada added that the canada goose jacket outlet FONOPs were not a nation on nation interaction but rather a way to support the rights of all nations.

However, China, which claims large tracts of the South China Sea, its islands canada goose outlet store uk and features as part of its territory, has been angered by the FONOPs, which it sees as a violation of its territorial waters and sovereignty. It used this year’s Shangri La Dialogue to express its displeasure at canada goose outlet canadian goose jacket online continuing American led efforts canada goose outlet sale to push back against Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea, despite not having a speaker at the dialogue’s canada goose outlet uk plenary sessions due to it sending a relatively canada goose outlet uk sale low level delegation to the summit.

Senior Col. Zhao Xiaozhou, a research fellow at the Institute of War Studies of the People’s canada goose outlet toronto factory Liberation Army’s Academy of Military Sciences, said the FONOPs in the South China Sea were a “violation of the law of the People’s Republic canada goose outlet store of China.”

Mattis had noted that the United Canada Goose Coats On Sale States does not see the operations as militarization, as its ships were going through what has traditionally been an international water space, citing rulings by international tribunals based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

UNCLOS determined in 2016 that, among other things, China’s claims “exceed the geographic and substantive uk canada goose limits of China’s maritime entitlements.” China had rejected the ruling, with the ruling Communist Party’s newspaper, the People’s Daily, saying the country “will neither acknowledge it nor accept it.”.

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