Defense leaders in East Asia, including those from the US, meet as the region roils over China's aggressive acts over islands and watery resources. A few nations, however, take legal action to show how disputes can be resolved peacefully.
The author advocates for US ratification of the Law of the Sea noting that in the Arctic region, "[t]he Navy and Coast Guard can unilaterally protect and extend American sovereignty ..., but joining the UNCLOS would be a better way to confirm that sovereignty in law."
"To prevent wars, the United States needs the best tools of peace. But right now it is missing a critical one in not approving the Law of the Sea Treaty. Adopting this international pact, which 153 nations now follow, could come in very handy as the US tries to help end a heated conflict in East Asian waters."