FEATURE | Maritime manoeuvring in Asia

Recent developments have underscored the complexity of the maritime defence diplomacy manoeuvres now taking place in Asia’s seaways. The current situation is a product of the rivalry between Beijing and Washington, China’s determination to “recover” the “renegade province” of Taiwan, and the strengthening of ties between the USA and the Taiwanese.

FEATURE | The new normal: a close naval encounter in the South China Sea

The release of video footage from the bridge wing of USS Decatur which shows its recent close encounter with the Chinese destroyer Lanzhou in the South China Sea confirms the judgement that the PLA Navy ship did not act wisely in its approach to the US Navy unit in response to the latter’s freedom of navigation operation.

FEATURE | Freedom-of-navigation operations aren’t all about the South China Sea

The recent close encounter between USS Decatur and the Chinese Luyang II–class guided-missile destroyer Lanzhou (pictured) has attracted much attention in the media. There’s little doubt that the Chinese ship created a dangerous situation in breach of the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, which requires a vessel that’s overtaking another to keep out of its way until "finally past and clear".

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