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Unformatted text preview: arily useful data. Washington is adamant that the South China Sea’s sea lanes are international waters, and are therefore subject to freedom of navigation, which in international law allows the conduct of military exercises and the collection of intelligence and militarily useful data. If Washington surrenders its ability to navigate the South China Sea on its own terms, it will lose a major foothold in the western Pacific . The South China Sea in effect pits a Chinese expansive claim (sovereignty based on historical usage) against an American expansive claim, that freedom of navigation allows the collection of intelligence and military data. The American claim is contested in other waters by Malaysia, Indonesia and India, though supported by other regional countries. China accuses the US of ‘hyping’ the freedom of navigation question, arguing that it hides an intention to use the issue to build a coalition against China. For the Southeast Asian states contesting China’s South China Sea claims, the United States’ presence and interest in the i...
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2013 for the course DEBATE 101 taught by Professor None during the Summer '12 term at University of California, Berkeley.
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