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HMS Defender: at the centre of an international maritime dispute. Neil Watkin/Alamy Stock Photo

HMS Defender incident: what the law of the sea says

Nothing suggests that HMS Defender’s passage was anything but continuous and expeditious. But the UK should avoid relying on Ukrainian “permission” as a justification.
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Reuters

What’s at stake in China’s claims to the South China Sea?

China claims ownership of almost all of the South China Sea and refuses to abide by a recent ruling calling that hogwash. Why does China want to control the sea so badly?

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