Mark J. Valencia

For Mark J. Valencia's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dec 6, 2013

ADIZs: separating fact from fiction

The fact that China's new air defense identification zone overlaps that of Japan, Taiwan and South Korea is not "illegal" and is perhaps part of a strategy to level the legal playing field vis-a-vis Japan's claims in the disputed area.

Jul 7, 2013

Sea treaty mutiny simmers

Some of China's political analysts and particularly military officers seem to be questioning why China ratified the Law of the Sea Treaty in the first place.

Dec 21, 2011

A new code of conduct for the South China Sea

A rash of run-ins between China and rival claimants in disputed areas in the South China Sea has prompted a search for a conflict avoidance and management mechanism. In January 2012, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China will begin negotiating a Code ...

Nov 30, 2011

Realpolitik drama unfolds in the South China Sea

Observing the diplomatic maneuvering over the South China Sea issues in the runup to and including the July and November Bali summits was like watching a multi-act Shakespearian play unfold. The main protagonist was China, which was bedeviled by several nymphs — the counter ...

Aug 1, 2011

ASEAN rises to a challenge

Last week a sense of optimism wafted out of the Bali meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. ASEAN and China agreed on “guidelines” for implementing their previously agreed 2002 Declaration on Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC). Some players ...

Jun 18, 2009

Ship inspections could be a recipe for conflict

KUALA LUMPUR — In response to North Korea’s latest nuclear weapons test, the U.N. Security Council has passed a resolution (1874) that expands and tightens the sanctions specified in its earlier resolution (1718), passed in response to North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006. ...

Jan 10, 2002

Japan's rights and wrongs in the 'fishing boat' incident

HONOLULU — Japan’s violent pursuit of a suspected North Korean boat in the East China Sea has prompted both domestic and international controversy. Domestic opposition critics are questioning Japan’s right to use force on the “high seas” and are using this incident to argue ...