South China Sea

Latest in South China Sea

South China Sea

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.

Transition 2016

Will President-elect Trump Fire the First Shot in the U.S.-China (Economic Sanctions) War?

Last summer, I pointed out that U.S. law already authorizes the President to impose targeted economic sanctions to deter or punish Chinese aggression in the South China Sea. That none were imposed, however, is hardly surprising. Although U.S. sanctions are often threatened, the U.S.

Subscribe to Lawfare