Reuters/Martin Petty - Crewmen aboard Vietnam coastguard ship 8003 look at a Chinese navy frigate on a screen, in disputed waters close to the Haiyang Shiyou 981, known in Vietnam as HD-981, oil rig in the South China Sea, July 15, 2014.

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Overcoming the Impasse in the South China Sea: Jointly Defining EEZ Claims

December 2014, Lynn Kuok

The dispute over territorial sovereignty and maritime rights in the South China Sea is complex, and despite its regional and international ramifications, there is no clear roadmap for how it should be managed or resolved. In this East Asia Policy Paper, Lynn Kuok argues that claimants should jointly define exclusive economic zone claims from the largest islands in the South China Sea on a “without prejudice” basis as a means to get around the current political and diplomatic impasse.

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