Freedom of Navigation: UNCLOS, Chinese Perspectives and Personal Thoughts
2011 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Freedom of navigation has played a vital role for economic prosperity in East Asia by promoting seaborne trade. As activities at the sea increase, the global concerns for navigational safety and security are growing. Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), vessels are endowed with different rights and obligations when they navigate through different maritime zones, e.g. internal waters, territorial sea, exclusive economic zone and high seas. Hence freedom of navigation seems to be limited to different extents. Due to environmental and national security concerns, coastal states enact domestic laws to regulate navigation in the waters under their jurisdiction. After spelling out different navigational regimes under the UNCLOS, this paper intends to examine China’s relevant legal arrangements and some cases of practice in relation to navigation. Personal thoughts will be provided on reflections of China’s perspectives in relation to UNCLOS and beyond.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-67777OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-67777DiVA: diva2:471193
Paper prepared for “Panel II – Navigation in National Perspectives: Northeast Asia”, International Workshop on: “Cooperation for the Safety of Navigation in East Asia: Legal Arrangements and Political Implications”, Organised by the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, Haikou, China, 17-18 November 2011