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China's Sovereignty over Low-Tide Elevations Is Absolutely Valid and Kosher. [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2015-6-7 12:57:26 |Display all floors
WHEN YOU ARE THE ONLY COUNTRY FOLLOWING THE RULES, THE RULE-BREAKERS CANNOT LET IT HAPPEN.

THE IRONY OF IT ALL IS THAT CHINA, A SUBSCRIBER TO THE UNCLOS, IS BEING ACCUSED OF NOT FOLLOWING THE RULES OF UNCLOS BY A COUNTRY THAT REJECTS UNCLOS!!!

NOW, FIGURE THAT OUT.

UNDER UNCLOS, LOW-WATER ELEVATIONS CAN STILL BE CONSIDERED PARTS OF A NATION'S SOVEREIGN TERRITORY, EVEN IF BY VIRTUE TO ITS BEING COVERED DURING HIGH TIDE, IT IS NOT CONSIDERED TO POSSESS A 12-MILE TERRITORIAL SEA SURROUNDING IT.  THEREFORE, IT IS PERFECTLY LAWFUL FOR CHINA TO BUILD WHATEVER IT WANTS ON THE REEFS THAT BELONG TO ITS SOVEREIGN TERRITORY, EVEN IF THESE REEFS DO NOT POSSESS ANY TERRITORIAL SEA.

HOWEVER, UNCLOS ALSO PROVIDES FOR LOW-WATER ELEVATIONS THAT HAVE LIGHTHOUSES ON THEM TO POSSESS A TERRITORIAL SEA.

CHINA'S LOGIC IS IMPECCABLE, IN THAT IT HAS THE RIGHT TO BUILD WHATEVER IT WANTS ON ITS REEFS THAT IT CAN EXERCISE SOVEREIGNTY ON UNDER THE RULES OF THE UNCLOS, AND IN THAT CHINA CAN THEN BUILD A LIGHTHOUSE ON SUCH A REEF AT WHICH POINT SUCH A REEF IS ENTITLED TO A 12-NAUTICAL-MILE SOVEREIGN SEA SURROUNDING IT.  IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, THEN ASK ALL THE SIGNATORIES TO THE UNCLOS TO CHANGE THE RULES OF THE UNCLOS, BUT DON'T SAY THAT CHINA IS NOT FOLLOWING INTERNATIONAL NORMS AND RULES.  THAT WOULD NOT BE TRUE.

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Post time 2015-6-8 07:33:32 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2015-6-7 22:20
China's standpoint always is understandable from the Chinese point of view.

Why is it  that it ne ...

You mean, China's rights can never be reconciled with the points of view of the other claimant countries, or that of the Western mainstream media?  Aw-shucks, that's natural!

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Post time 2015-6-8 08:30:17 |Display all floors
The problem is not what china is doing on the islands,  its that four other countrys claim the same islands.

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Post time 2015-6-8 09:30:45 |Display all floors
Incedius420 Post time: 2015-6-8 08:30
The problem is not what china is doing on the islands,  its that four other countrys claim the same  ...

China has laid soveriegn claims to the islands of the South China Sea since 206 BC historical records, at the least, and you cannot erase China's thousands of years of sovereignty, by fraud or by force.  It simply will not happen.

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