President Obama has a strategy in the South China Sea that is meaningless according to a retired Japaneses Admiral. The Freedom of Navigation missions are by definition, harmless transits. This implies that the United States Navy recognizes that the waters are China’s territorial waters. They are not China’s. This only cements China’s claim to the island and reef areas in the South China Sea. Bolder action must be taken to better define what China is really doing. Here is what retired Admiral Sumihiko Kawamura thinks needs to be done.
By Toshiyuki Hayakawa – Special to The Washington Times
A retired Japanese admiral says President Obama’s strategy to neutralized China’s territorial claims to a man-made reef in the South China Sea are almost entirely meaningless — and may actually serve to embolden the communist regime.
Retired Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force(JMSDF) Rear Admiral Sumihiko Kawamura, the former vice commandant of the Joint Staff College, told The Sekai Nippo that “the Obama administration’s strategy of freedom of navigation is intended to be a gesture indicating they do not recognize the seas around the artificial islands as territorial waters, but I think this is almost entirely meaningless.
“What the U.S. is currently doing is called ‘innocent passage.’ Innocent passage refers to passage through a nation’s territorial waters by another nation’s military vessels within 12 nautical miles of the shore, taking only the minimum of action necessary and without causing any alarm or intimidation. The passage of military vessels is …….
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