The United States has defended the freedom of the sea for decades and has been willing to use force to ensure that freedom of navigation in accordance with international law is not restricted. There is currently an intense debate over what the US Navy should do in response to Chinese land-building in the South China Sea. It is obvious that whatever the United States does, the more bellicose elements within China will never be happy until the US has removed itself from Asia. Yet, at the same time, we must recognize that this is just a vocal portion of the Party and there exists a large community that does not want to seek conflict with the United States. Within China, it was seen as a break from traditional US China-bashing when Defense Secretary Carter stated “There should be an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation by all claimants" because, from their perspective, the US typically only calls out China for its actions while the other countries get a pass.