US ‘picking and choosing’ from the Law of the Sea

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A recent article argues that China is ‘selectively choosing the parts of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) that it likes and is ignoring or reinterpreting the parts that it does not like or…

  • Mark J Valencia
  • EastAsiaForum

The argument is made on the basis that China sent a ‘spy ship’ to observe the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, the world’s largest joint naval exercise, held in June and July 2018.

Rate 1aBut this account ignores that the United States — a non-ratifier of UNCLOS — is itself picking and choosing from the Convention.

As the author of the article acknowledges, China’s sending a ‘spy ship’ into the United States’ exclusive economic…

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