France to Push for Coordinated EU Patrols in South China Sea

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    France to Push for Coordinated EU Patrols in South China Sea

    By David Roman

    France will urge European Union nations to coordinate navy patrols to ensure a “regular and visible” presence in the disputed South China Sea, in the latest sign of international push back to China’s expanded military clout in the area.

    The French government views the protection of freedom of the seas as critical from an economic standpoint and is concerned that a loss of such rights in the South China Sea may lead to similar problems in the Arctic Ocean or Mediterranean Sea, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told attendees at a global defense forum, including top Chinese officials.

    “If we want to contain the risk of conflict, we must defend this right, and defend it ourselves,” Le Drian said on Sunday at the Shangri-La dialogue in Singapore.

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    South China Sea Dispute: France Joins The Game
    BY Jereco Paloma Email
    Published: Jul 19, 2016 Updated: 4 days ago

    While France is recovering from the recent Nice attack that claimed the lives of least 84 individuals, the country is fighting a different battle on the other side of the world, particularly in the South China Sea.

    Days after the UN-backed tribunal in The Hague issued the much-awaited decision last July 12, countries all over the world have issued their respective positions on the issue that would affect not only the Philippines and China, but the entire world.

    Earlier last month, France announced its plan to carry out the Freedom of Navigation Operations, or FONOPs, in South China Sea, together with other European Union-member states. The EU superpower, being also an Indo-Pacific nation, is a party to navigational issues in the region, the Diplomat reported.

    During the Shangri-la Dialogue on June 5, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian hinted that the French, along with EU forces, will conduct missions to maintain the presence of EU forces in the region.

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