As South China Sea issues emerge in national prominence, it is worth revisiting the fundamentals of the law and conflicts surrounding China’s maritime claims.
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As a liberal democracy that deeply respects human rights, Taiwan deserves as much US support as international realities allow. But such support should not uncritically extend to the South China Sea, where Taiwan's interest are far more closely alligned with China than the United States.
The U.S. failure to openly criticize Iran’s detention of U.S. ships could seriously undermine the ability to push back against China in the South China Sea.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman offers the clearest and most detailed explanation the Department of Defense has given to date of the recent freedom-of-navigation operation in the South China Sea.
Is it lawful to conduct submarine espionage in a territorial sea, and if not, what recourse does a coastal state have to stop the activity?
The U.S. should proceed with caution in pushing a new Taiwan government to oppose China in the South China Sea, as the issue will inevitably become intertwined with support for formal Taiwanese independence.
The past two FON operations in the South China Sea are models in how to squander flawless operational execution with confused, inconsistent, and ultimately damaging messaging.
Could we be witnessing a legal cascade in the South China Sea?
The US Navy’s “Innocent Passage” In the South China Sea May Have Actually Strengthened China’s Sketchy Territorial Claims
The US Navy conducted the weakest type of FONOP it could have chosen, limiting the operation to innocent passage, and potentially strengthening China’s sketchy territorial claims in the region.
The USS Lassen's maneuver in the South China Sea has been presented as a challenge to Chinese maritime claims and island-building operations. But in fact there are two quite distinct legal issues at play.