We oppose countries militarizing artificial islands and forcing excessive maritime claims, unsupported by international law. We cannot and will not accept unilateral coercive changes to the status quo. We will continue to fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows. And demonstrate resolve through operational presence in the South China Sea and beyond.
Because of it's growing economic power, China occupies a legitimate position of influence in the Pacific. We welcome China's economic development. However, we can also anticipate economic and political friction between the United States and China. Yet we cannot accept Chinese actions that impinge on the interests of the international community.