The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain manoeuvres alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (unseen) for refuelling in the Philippine Sea in June. The destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of the China-claimed Mischief Reef in the South China Sea on August 10. Photo: EPA / US Navy

US and China must set ground rules for freedom of navigation patrols

Mark Valencia says after three such patrols under the Trump administration, the two sides appear to have settled into a predictable pattern of provocation and condemnation. Why not take the opportunity to agree on a modus vivendi?

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The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain manoeuvres alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (unseen) for refuelling in the Philippine Sea in June. The destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of the China-claimed Mischief Reef in the South China Sea on August 10. Photo: EPA / US Navy
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