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UNCLOS: China, India, and the United States Navigate an Unsettled Regime

While there is a widely accepted international law of the sea, reflected in the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the great powers of the...

The areas of disagreement extend to fundamental principles, such as which waters lie under a nation state’s jurisdiction and what it is entitled to do, and forbid, in those waters.

  • Jeff Smith
  • The Heritage Foundation

Compounding the problem, some of the sharpest divisions have emerged between the world’s two increasingly antagonistic superpowers, China and the United States.

Their diverging approaches have already prompted several dangerous encounters at sea.

Worse still, the…

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