Navigation in the South China Sea: Introductory Remarks

In: The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law
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  • 1 University of Napoli “L’Orientale”, Naples, Italy

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This article presents the author’s introductory remarks presented at the international conference The South China Sea: An International Law Perspective (Brussels, 6 March 2015) during a panel dedicated to questions of navigation. It provides a general overview of the competing claims in the South China Sea and highlights relevant rules and principles of the law of the sea that are applicable to the region.

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    Issued by Sinomaps Press on 11 January 2013. For further information on relevant maps and some critical observations on Chinese claims, see Schaeffer (n 1). For a historical reconstruction of Chinese claims (there has also been a period in which there was a map with … 11 dots.) and for an opinion favourable to the legitimacy of Chinese claims, see Z Gao and bb Jia, ‘The nine-dash line in the South China Sea: History, status, and implications’ (2013) 107(2) American Journal of International Law 98–124. On the ambiguity of Chinese claims, see F Dupuy and P-M Dupuy, ‘A legal analysis of China’s historic rights claim in the South China Sea’ (2013) 107(2) American Journal of International Law 124–141; Beckman (n 4).

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