28 February 2014
Asking China to base its claims on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea will not contribute to peace in the region.
PROFESSORS Robert Beckman and Clive Schofield recently suggested in a commentary in these pages a way for China to “bring its maritime claims into conformity with… international law and still protect its legitimate interests in the South China Sea”.
They propose that China should depict “the outer limit of its… Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) claims from the islands over which it claims sovereignty”.
This would create an area of overlapping claims in the middle of the South China Sea where the claimant states could move towards joint development, pending a final agreement on maritime boundaries.
… The writer is a retired naval captain who is now a professor assigned to the International Law Department at the United States Naval War College.
This article first appeared in RSIS (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies) Commentaries.
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