Tag Archives: CUES

Malaysia calls for expanded use of CUES in South China Sea

The Royal Malaysian Navy has called for CUES to be used by other maritime agencies in the region Move is aimed at further preventing possible escalation of incidents in South China Sea The Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), Admiral Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin, has called for wider use of a naval protocol that was […]

Managing Indo-Pacific Crises

Tensions in Asia are rising over unresolved territorial disputes and sovereignty issues. In contrast to the immediate post-Cold War period, recent tensions are characterized by the evident proclivity of some, if not all, parties towards the threat or use of limited force. As a much preferred tool of statecraft, maritime platforms tend to be the […]

The Limits of Pacific Maritime Law

Baby steps, baby steps. Last week, some twenty Pacific navies meeting at the Western Pacific Naval Symposium in Qingdao agreed to what participants are styling as a Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES). CUES, like the Cold War-vintage INCSEA agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia, calls on mariners to forego provocative […]

US, China ink pact on unintended sea conflict

BEIJING—China, the United States, Japan and more than a dozen other Asia-Pacific countries have signed a naval agreement aimed at ensuring miscommunication between ships at sea does not escalate into conflict. The Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea, which was agreed Tuesday in the eastern port city of Qingdao, would reduce the potential for “situations […]

China won’t swallow ‘bitter pill’ of ceding sovereign rights: military official

(Reuters) – China will not “swallow the bitter pill” of ceding its sovereign rights to others, a senior military official told foreign naval leaders on Wednesday, as the country takes an increasingly assertive approach to guarding its maritime territory. “No country should expect China to swallow the bitter pill of our sovereignty, national security or […]