Thursday, May 26, 2016

The G7 consensus on the South China Sea is a good beginning to prevent border encroachment.

This debate is best resolved within the United Nations. There are two agencies that hold standards of ocean borders.

IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) (click here)

The IMO International Maritime Law Institute was established under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization, a specialised agency of the United Nations.

The Institute is an international centre for the training of specialists in maritime law. It also contributes to the development and dissemination of knowledge and expertise in international maritime law, with special reference to the international regulations and procedures for safety and efficiency of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution....


United Nation's Law of the Sea (click here)

On the first day of talks, (l to r) Italian PM Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe, French President Francois Hollande, David Cameron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took part in a tree-planting ceremony. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (far right) also participated in the event at Ise-Jingu shrine in the city of Ise in Mie prefecture

May 26, 2016
By Thomas Wilson and Kiyoshi Takenaka

Group of Seven (G7) leaders agreed (click here) on Thursday on the need to send a strong message on maritime claims in the western Pacific, where an increasingly assertive China is locked in territorial disputes with Japan and several Southeast Asian nations.
The agreement prompted a sharp rejoinder from China, which is not in the G7 club but whose rise as a power has put it at the heart of some discussions at the advanced nations' summit in Ise-Shima, central Japan.
"Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe led discussion on the current situation in the South China Sea and East China Sea. Other G7 leaders said it is necessary for G7 to issue a clear signal," Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko told reporters after a session on foreign policy affairs....

Australia is surrounded by oceans. In 2013 it started a new law entitled "Operation Sovereign Borders." (click here) The issue of maritime borders is important to most of the global community.

This picture is a rescue at sea of refugees within the oceans surrounding Australia. Australia wanted to create a law that would include the standards regarding refugees. The refugees were carrying drugs on more than a few occasions. The incursion of such refugees was a legal concern when they crossed into criminal activities. Those that transported drugs were smugglers and not refugees. A consistent law was necessary.