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Old 11-29-2018, 07:02 AM
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China expresses concerns over US warships in Taiwan Strait
By: ASSOCIATED PRESS - 11-29-18 06:03 AM, 3 hrs ago
RE: https://www.thestate.com/news/nation...222354290.html

BEIJING - China said Thursday that it had expressed concerns to the U.S. over the passage of a pair of Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait, days ahead of a planned meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters that Taiwan was the "most important and sensitive issue" in relations between the sides.

"We have expressed our concerns to the U.S.," Geng said at a daily news briefing.

"The Taiwan issue has a bearing on China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is the most important and sensitive issue in China-U.S. ties," Geng said.

China's defense ministry also said it had closely followed the warships' passage.

Monday's passage of the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur and guided missile cruiser USS Antietam marked at least the third time this year that the Navy has sailed through the strait that separates Taiwan from mainland China.

The 160 kilometer (100 mile)-wide waterway is split down the middle between Taiwan and China, but there is no international law restricting civilian or military shipping from passing through it.

Tensions between the two militaries have been high over U.S. challenges to China's claim to sovereignty over virtually the entire South China Sea. In late September, a Chinese destroyer came close to colliding with the destroyer USS Decatur in the South China Sea in what the U.S. Navy called an "unsafe and unprofessional maneuver."

Despite that, contacts between the sides have endured and China gave permission last week for the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to dock in Hong Kong.

Trump and Xi are due to meet in Argentina on Saturday amid tensions over Taiwan, the South China Sea and an increasingly bitter trade war between the sides.

China regards Taiwan as its own territory to be brought under its control by force if necessary. The sides split amid civil war in 1949 and most Taiwanese favor retaining their current de-facto status of political independence while maintaining close economic ties with China.
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Old 11-29-2018, 07:06 AM
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What are international waters and what are their boundaries?
DECEMBER 3, 2015 JONES ACT LAW MARITIME LAW
RE: http://www.jonesactlaw.com/faqs/what...ir-boundaries/

International waters are those located outside any nation’s territorial waters. Some refer to these waters as the open seas or the high seas. No nation ‘owns’ these waters. They generally extend about 200 nautical miles from the shore of a country, and are broken into different sections in which the particular country has various rights.

Maritime workers may be able to pursue injury claims under the Jones Act even if the injury occurred on international waters. Still, if your injury occurred while on international waters, seek legal consultation with an attorney. A lawyer can review your options with you and help you take legal action against a negligent employer.

The U.S. Maritime Boundaries
The United States exercises sovereignty over its territorial waters, which begin at the low-water level baseline as marked on maritime maps, the:

territorial sea (extending 12 nautical miles from the baseline);
contiguous zone (extending 24 nautical miles from baseline); and
exclusive economic zone (extending 200 nautical miles from baseline, plus boundaries with adjacent countries).
The territorial sea is the United States’s sovereign maritime zone. The contiguous zone is next to the territorial sea where the U.S. can prevent infringement of law within the territorial sea. The exclusive economic zone encompasses the contiguous zone; the U.S. has the exclusive right to manage natural resources, establish structures, and perform other actions.

Further, the U.S. currently has treaties (boundary agreements) with the following countries:

Canada;
Cook Islands;
Cuba;
Mexico;
New Zealand;
Niue;
Russian Federation;
United Kingdom; and
Venezuela.


Proving Negligence Caused Injuries in International Waters
Like any other Jones Act case, injured maritime workers must establish that an employer’s negligence caused their injuries. Workers must qualify as a seaman, which means you spend most of your time on navigable waters in service of a vessel. This includes international navigable waters.

One potential scenario where negligence might cause or contribute to injuries in international waters is if a vessel is a victim of piracy. If the employer was negligent in deterring or managing a pirate attack, injured maritime employees may file a claim.

But the Jones Act can cover any injury related to an employer’s negligence, even if it occurred while in international waters. After all, the nature of many seamen’s work is traveling to other countries, so the Jones Act extends beyond the maritime boundaries of the U.S.
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