While China asserts its right to some 90% of the South China Sea, its claims variously overlap and conflict with those of Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines — themselves no strangers to past maritime disputes. In fact, countries across the Indo-Pacific have had to find ways of resolving or at least learning to live with disputed maritime borders. So how have nations chosen to handle maritime border disagreements? What’s worked and how much power do international maritime treaties really have? And what lessons are there for the seemingly intractable situation in the South China Sea, where tensions over China’s claims pose a real threat to peace and security? Maritime security expert Associate Professor Bec Strating joins host Ali Moore to examine maritime disputes in the Indo-Pacific.
Main image: A/Prof Bec Strating. Listing image credit: budak/Flickr.