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China ‘hawks’ ratchet up the rhetoric

David Lague published an article on 17 January with Reuter’s entitled, “China’s military hawks take the offensive.” Lague notes “the increasingly hawkish rhetoric coming from senior officers in the People’s Liberation Army.” A particularly aggressive tract by a regular media commentator, Chinese Air Force Colonel Dai Xu, provided the following: […]


Somali Pirates escalate their operations to a dangerous new level

Following the warning published in on Thursday 24 March that the trend in the use of violence by pirates would escalate into a small war, a major development occurred that has added new credibility to this alarm.  The Economic Times carried an article on 18 April, entitled “Somali pirates […]


Analysis of China’s new twist to the Law of the Sea Convention and its definitions

On 8 March 2009, according to the Pentagon, “five Chinese vessels shadowed and aggressively maneuvered in dangerously close proximity to USNS Impeccable in an apparent coordinated effort to harass the US ocean surveillance ship while it was conducting routine operations in international waters.” In fact, the incident took place approximately […]


The Impeccable Affair: Analysis of China’s new twist to the Law of the Sea Convention and its definitions

Commander James Kraska’s article provides an accurate description of the various legal views surrounding the maritime incident between China and the United States involving USNS Impeccable, with a necessary focus on the very fanciful nature of China’s legal argument. The article also underlines this action is but one of a series […]