South China Sea news: UK, France, Germany deploy legal power move to stop China, US will expand Navy

Now, the UK, France, and Germany have issued a joint statement disputing what they called China’s “historic rights” in the South China Sea. The three countries brought forth the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, also called UNCLOS, on which to base their arguments. They highlighted “freedom of navigation and overflight, and of the right of innocent passage” through the South China Sea. the US Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper, has announced plans to expand the Navy with a range of unmanned and autonomous ships, submarines and aircrafts.

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