After South China Sea Incidents, US Needs ‘Sustained’ Pacific Presence, Lawmaker Says – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

The destroyer Benfold (DDG-65) transits the Taiwan Strait on July 28 2021. (File) WASHINGTON: A recent contentious run-in between the US Navy and the Chinese military in the South China Sea was just the latest in a string of incidents that highlight a fundamental question for US operations in the contested waterways: How long can the status quo be maintained, and to what end? The answer, according to a US lawmaker and analysts who spoke to Breaking Defense, is for the Navy look beyond the status quo altogether to the…