FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA: A PRACTICAL GUIDE

Following the most recent instance of a “near miss” between US and Chinese warships in the area, and a Royal Navy “freedom of navigation” exercise there, perhaps time to review the June 2017 guide from the Belfer Center, with helpful map and diagrams, and definitions of what constitutes an “island” and a “rock” and what they mean when you are trying to establish sovereignty etc.  It also explains that the recent “Freedom of Navigation Operations” are those by naval and air forces that reinforce internationally-recognised rights and freedoms by challenging excessive maritime claims.

https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/freedom-navigation-south-china-sea-practical-guide

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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