Region needs legislation, says former CG Commandant.
Busy Coast Guards Show Law Needed in South China Sea, Allen Says
With non-military actors like coast guards increasingly active in the disputed South China Sea, former U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen said international law was becoming even more important to keeping a lid on tensions.
Describing the region, including the Strait of Malacca and the Java Sea, as one of the world’s most visible maritime choke points, the retired admiral expressed the need to maintain freedom of movement through the waters. An international court is expected to rule within months on a Philippine challenge to China’s claims to more than 80 percent of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of trade passes each year.
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