So as lead counsel for Garfinkel Schwartz, I’d like to take a look at what’s going on overseas and the world conflicts to put on everybody’s radar. This is what we call our Contractor World Conflict Update: South & East China Sea.
This report is for contractors who may have to travel in support of the U.S. military. Actually, the Defense Base Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers Act was created to protect the men and women who work overseas and on the seas for the U.S. Government.
Contractor World Conflict Update: South & East China Sea
Let’s start with the South China Sea. Regarding the South China Sea, the U.S. government met unsuccessfully with China to try to de-escalate tensions in this area.
The South China Sea is where China decided on its own to “reclaim” the sea based on a map hundreds and hundreds of years old. And they’re trying to reclaim the sea obviously for economic purposes.
Newsweek recently reported that China’s claim to the area goes back thousands of years whereas more recent maps dated back about 130 years became disputed with European countries that are also claiming the area.
What’s the Issue?
However, China has called “sovereignty” over the area that is alleged to belong to Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. China’s now claiming most of the South China Sea where more than $5 trillion in world trade moves annually and where trillions of dollars in natural gas and oil is below sea level.
So, China and Russia together have United Nations veto power and are disputing a decision by The Hague that said in August that China has no right to do what it’s doing trying to claim these areas below and part of the sea. So we’ll have to wait and see what’s going on with that.
But basically in short, with Russia and China’s power they may actually attempt to “override” the U.N. decision and may actually try to use brute force, but let’s hope that that doesn’t happen.
What’s notable about this part of the world and this conflict is that various news sources The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, Fox, The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post … all those publications have been reporting that China and Russia have begun combined military exercises in the South China Sea actually as of Monday, Sept. 12.
They’ve been doing these military exercises which was two days ago the fifth such action since 2012. So actually Russia and China military forces are showing off military might in military exercises that are taking place right in front of the U.S. and its allies.
This could create some conflict and overseas contractors might have to support the military here and in the future possibly.
The East China Sea
Next we’re going to the East China Sea. The East China Sea is an issue because China is encroaching on Japan’s Economic Empowerment Zone. So again, there’s China again.
At Issue to the U.S.
Why does we care? Because China is antagonizing United States ships in the waters nearby, they’re following, pursuing, harassing etc. The thought is that the Chinese ships are trying to engage in disputes that could be used to escalate force between America and China which would be a disaster.
Hopefully we won’t have to enter into that conflict zone but there’s a good chance that we probably will. Basically because of my work here as lead counsel with Garfinkel Schwartz helping people under the Defense Base Act, if you are working anywhere near these areas, please call us:
- East China Sea
- The South China Sea
- South Korea
If you’re a contractor in any of these locations,or anywhere else in the world, and you’re currently not injured, you should consider consulting with a Defense Base Act lawyer because it costs you nothing. Find out what you should know before you go to any of these countries and what doctors you should have listed on your First Choice Doctor Form.