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.
Issued by Sinomaps Press on 11 January2013. 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).