“But what is clearly illegal is China’s insistence that the rig, though not in China’s territorial waters, is entitled to at least a 3-nautical mile defensive perimeter. It is using naval, cost guard, and fishing vessels to patrol at least that distance around the deep-sea drilling platform HS-981. Yet under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the only way China would be permitted more than a 500-meter safety zone is if the rig were in China’s territorial waters… While China may not be expanding its historic claims, it is employing tailored coercion as a means of strengthening its physical and legal control.”
Dr. Patrick M. Cronin, Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, said in his editorial “China’s problem with rules: Managing a reluctant stakeholder” posted at the War on the Rocks news website.
“China neither accepts the territorial realities of Asia, nor is it deterred from coercive acts of revisionism.”
Ely Ratnern, deputy director of the Asia- Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, said in his editorial 'China undetered and unapologetic' posted in the War on the Rocks news website.