convention on the law of the sea
China said it monitored, followed, and warned the USS Lassen as it "illegally" entered waters near islands and reefs in the South China Sea without Beijing's permission.
'The US Will Fly, Sail, and Operate Wherever International Law Allows': Tensions Rise in the South China Sea
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has sent out a strong message to Beijing, as Taiwan today announced it will increase its coast guard presence on a small island in the South China Sea Spratlys.
China's artificial islands in the South China Sea are about more than military airstrips — the country is trying to artificially create a legal claim to territorial sovereignty.