The US has long maintained that freedom of navigation (FON) for warships in foreign 200-nautical-mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) is essentially “absolute.”
- Mark J. Valencia
- IPP Review
China and some other countries disagree and have placed some restrictions on the activities of foreign warships and aircraft in their EEZs.
Military activities in EEZs were a controversial issue during the negotiation of the text of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and…