Territorial Disputes in the Pacific

As competing claims to a series of Pacific islands grow in prominence and intensity, I’ve been paying special attention to ADR-related developments as well as potential implications for rules based economic integration. 

Last week saw a real milestone as the US government has now said, for the first time, that the notion of the nine-dash line long thought to be the centre of China’s claims is inconsistent with international law. While the entire conflict will hopefully remain in the field of strategy, i.e. hypothetical problems and opportunities, for those that are interested in legal insights I recommend Prof Julian Ku’s writing at opiniojuris.

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