S. China Sea security
Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea is creating false hopes for regional maritime stability
Naval code of conduct won’t make US-China encounters in South China Sea safer
Last month, naval officials from all 10 Asean countries and China converged on Singapore to develop a joint search and rescue plan for civilian or merchant ships in distress in international waters, an exercise that applied a naval code of conduct endorsed in 2014.
This development generated among analysts some hoopla over the importance and effectiveness of the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea for reducing naval incidents.
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