Tag: freedom of navigation

Presentations from the International Conference on Maritime Challenges and Market Opportunities

Maritime disputes have emerged as major potential flashpoints in the Asia-Pacific region. The tense confrontations that have threatened regional security and stability are fueled by the complex historical relationships between countries, disagreement over maritime sovereignty issues, divergent understandings of international law, and many countries’ relentless pursuit of their national interests. Yet oceans need not be a source of regional tensions. On the contrary, these vast maritime expanses provide opportunities for cooperation among all relevant stakeholders. Oceans are crucial to international trade, global development, and human wellbeing and will play an increasingly significant in the global economy in the future.

To broaden our knowledge of the relationship between regional maritime and global economic issues, Taiwan Center for Security Studies (TCSS) hosted the International Conference on Maritime Challenges and Market Opportunities: “Facilitating Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific” on August 29–30, 2017, which was attended by domestic and foreign participants from academia and industry. In addition to maritime security and geopolitical issues, the conference also explored other key topics related to maritime affairs, including the sustainability of the ocean economy, fishing, shipbuilding, maritime energy (e.g. tidal power, offshore wind energy), seabed resources, emerging blue-water technologies, maritime startups, marine environmental protection, marine tourism, and the oceanic cultural and creative industries.

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Why do non-claimant countries care about the South China Sea?

Major non-claimant stakeholders, such as Australia, India, Japan, Russia, the United States, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), each have their own reasons for becoming involved in the maritime territorial disputes.

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Interview with Raul (Pete) Pedrozo: U.S. South China Sea Policy, Freedom of Navigation Operations, and Accession to UNCLOS

Perspectives 9 · 2016

The South China Sea Think Tank interviews Raul (Pete) Pedrozo about the U.S. responses to the Philippines v. China arbitration case, recent U.S. Navy freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea, and the possibility of U.S. accession to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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Expert Views: Implications of U.S. Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea

Perspectives, 5 · 2015

Experts offer their reactions to the U.S. Navy’s high-profile freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea.

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Claimant and Non-Claimant Views on SLOCs and Freedom of Navigation

Issue Briefings 7 · 2015

Freedom of navigation concerns both South China Sea claimants and non-claimant stakeholders, yet the latter in particular have taken it up as their primary justification for involvement in the disputes.

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Taiwan’s Energy Dependence and the Securitization of SLOCs

Issue Briefings, 6 · 2015

Almost entirely dependent on imported energy resources, the securitization of sea lines of communication in the South China Sea is a critical aspect of Taiwan’s energy security.

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