by doggedly fucking things up,
"In the wake of Washington’s second “freedom of navigation” operation near Beijing’s man-made islets in the South China Sea, an often overlooked fact remains: The set of laws governing global maritime behavior that the U.S. has been touting has never been ratified by the Senate.
The U.S., which conducted the operation Saturday in waters 12 nautical miles (22 km) from Triton Island in the Spratly archipelago, has repeatedly urged its Asian rival to adhere to international law to solve disputes.
But analysts and experts say Washington risks creating a credibility gap by citing the very measure — the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) — it has repeatedly failed to ratify.
“While U.S. policy is based on scrupulously observing UNCLOS provisions, failure to ratify denies Washington the moral high ground,” said Euan Graham, director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney. He said the issue has been a constant embarrassment to U.S. officials and politicians traveling throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
President Bill Clinton signed the agreement in 1994. It has since languished in Congress, with attempts to pass it blocked by conservatives who question the value of an agreement that they say adds nothing to conventions long established."
Nothing but a leg to stand on, that is....
The reason they blocked it - in spite of urgings from the US military to ratify it?
Because they are worried it will erode US sovereignty.
You see... a treaty is only fair and good if it is blinding on everyone except the USA, in the view of these people.
Maybe they are concerned about the reptilian plans for a New World Order too, I dunno...
"James Kraska, research director at the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College, argues that the treaty could eventually become a valuable tool in helping solve the disputes in the South China Sea and elsewhere."
Yeah China may well flout it regardless of US ratification, but it's a start.