South China Sea

I have been critical of China’s claim to much of the South China Sea, and I remain critical of the majority of the claim as China is clearly being a greedy bastard.

But, I must side with China over the Paracel Islands, but not fully.

Paracel Islands

In this case it is Vietnam who are ignoring the 200 mile Economic Zone.

Most of the Paracel Islands are clearly in Chinese territorial waters with the exception of the south-western island of Triton Island which is in Vietnamese territorial waters.

The demarcation line is quite clear.

Both countries should resolve this dispute and accept the internationally accepted 200 mile Economic Zone.

However, this does not alter my views on the rapacious claims of China in respect to  other areas of the South China Sea. The area of the dotted red line claiming the Spratly Islands and almost the beaches of Sarawak and Brunei is nothing short of ridiculous.

The Spratly Islands are almost equally divided in respect of the 200 miles limit between the Philippines and Malaysia (one third each), one island in Brunei, one part in Vietnam and the rest (one third) in international waters.

Any claim by China to any part of the Spratly Islands is beyond comprehension. China needs to pull its avaricious neck in and worry more about its human rights record at home if it wants to become a respected member of the international community.

“China has decided “in principle” to build a supply dock on an island it disputes with Vietnam in the South China Sea.

The province of Hainan is looking to build on what is known as Jinqing in China and Duy Mong in Vietnam in the Paracel islands as part of tourism plans, according to a statement.

There have been tensions over both countries’ claims to the chain of small islands and reefs.

China has occupied the area since 1974.”BBC News Read more

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  1. #1 by argentumvulgaris on August 27, 2012 - 6:05 am

    >dungnguyen, I understand your sentiments, but I can’t publish your comments they are too volitile. I agree that the Chinese are being most disagreeable over this issue and that they should be taken to task by the international community to protect the international maritime laws that govern national waters.


  2. #2 by xian on February 21, 2013 - 2:38 am

    It’s unfortunate that our country China is being greedy and taking a very aggressive role with our Asian neighbors. China should be a diplomatic leader in moving other Asian countries to economic success (not only its own) so we can surpass the Western nations. Our government should understand that without success of our Asian neighbors, our economy and world image would also suffer.

    • #3 by argentumvulgaris on February 21, 2013 - 7:57 am

      >xian, enlightened comment. A pity your leaders weren’t also enlightened, but they choose to remain in the ‘dinosaur’ age of communism. In the past 10 years of advancement China had the chance to lead the way, but they missed the boat, and now it’s too late. Ignoring pathetic North Korea they have become the scourge of Asia. China’s imperialistic ideas will be the ruin of what could have been a great nation.

      In saying that I am not promoting the worst nation on the planet, the USA, as an example either. Their international activities are deplorable and certainly not an example.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, appreciated.


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