A US surveillance plane flies past the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier during a drill in the South China Sea earlier this month. Photo: EPA A US surveillance plane flies past the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier during a drill in the South China Sea earlier this month. Photo: EPA
A US surveillance plane flies past the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier during a drill in the South China Sea earlier this month. Photo: EPA
Ding Duo
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Ding Duo

Washington’s double standards clear as it wades into South China Sea dispute

  • The US is not a party to territorial disputes in the region, nor has it ratified the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
  • Instead, by supporting claimant states, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is opening up a new battlefront between Washington and Beijing

A US surveillance plane flies past the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier during a drill in the South China Sea earlier this month. Photo: EPA A US surveillance plane flies past the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier during a drill in the South China Sea earlier this month. Photo: EPA
A US surveillance plane flies past the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier during a drill in the South China Sea earlier this month. Photo: EPA
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Ding Duo

Ding Duo

Ding Duo is an associate research fellow at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS). His research interests include general theory of public international law, international law of the sea, and South China Sea issues. Ding obtained his Master's and PhD in Law from Yonsei University, Korea.