Lawless on the High Seas: Why the U.S. Can and Must Ratify UNCLOS

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Out in the middle of the South China Sea, several islands now exist where none did before.

  • Indigo Funk
  • Brown Political Review

What were once simple reefs and shoals are now full-fledged islands that host massive Chinese military bases, thanks to a government initiative that used thousands of tons of sand to achieve the goal.

The Chinese government’s justification is that they own most of the South China Sea due to “historical claims” that only date back to 1942.

It’s a clear violation of international maritime law –– but the United States, the country in the best position to challenge that violation, hasn’t even ratified the relevant international law.

In 1982, the…

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