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The Nonexistent Legal Basis for China’s Seizure of the U.S. Navy’s Drone in the South China Sea

Yesterday China seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) while it was conducting routine operations about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay in the Philippines. On the available facts, there is simply no plausible international legal basis for China’s action.

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