US sailors receive a safety briefing on the USS Dewey in the South China Sea earlier this month. Photo: AFP
Ankit Panda
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Ankit Panda

The real purpose of US Navy ‘freedom of navigation operations’ around disputed South China Sea islands

‘Fonops’ in South China Sea are Washington’s way of continuing to support the regional security architecture and the rules-based liberal international order

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US sailors receive a safety briefing on the USS Dewey in the South China Sea earlier this month. Photo: AFP
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Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, a Senior Editor at The Diplomat, an online magazine on Asia-Pacific affairs, and a Contributing Editor at War on the Rocks. Panda is an award-winning writer and a frequently cited analyst on geopolitical and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. His writing has appeared in The Diplomat, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Politico Magazine, and War on the Rocks, among other publications.