The Australia-Papua New Guinea Torres Strait Treaty: a model for co-operative management of the South China Sea?
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On 18 December 1978 Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) concluded a treaty concerning maritime delimitation and co-operative arrangements in the Torres Strait (Torres Strait Treaty). The Torres Strait Treaty also addressed competing positions asserted by Australia and PNG concerning sovereignty over the Strait’s insular features. This chapter provides a brief overview of the Torres Strait Treaty and its implementation by Australia and PNG. It then discusses the extent to which design features of the Treaty could be utilised as a model for co-operative management of the South China Sea.