Navigating the currents of legal regimes and realpolitik in East Asia’s maritime domain

Carlyle A. Thayer


East Asia’s maritime domain is becoming more crowded and contested due to increased commercial traffic and naval modernisation. Good order at sea is increasingly undermined by weak legal regimes and inter-state rivalry. This chapter discusses the political implications of two major issues: (1) contending interpretations of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, particularly as it applies to military activities in exclusive economic zones (EEZS) and (2) current trends in naval modernisation, especially the expansion of submarine fleets and new military technologies that raise the risk of armed confrontation. It ...

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