søndag 29. august 2021

China's Sovereignty Over South China Sea 'Indisputable,' Beijing Claims

China described its claim to every island in the South China Sea as "indisputable" on Thursday as it pushed back against behavior that Vice President Kamala Harris called coercion and bullying this week. Reefs and shoals within the energy-rich waters are contested by five other claimants including Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysiaand Brunei, while Indonesia claims rights to exclusive fishing zones. Additional stakeholders comprise other littoral states and extra-regional parties, all of which have an interest in maintaining critical commercial sea lines that run through the waters.

Beijing's response to regional government concerns about its construction of artificial islands and imposing of unilateral fishing moratoria in the sea has been to cite history and its expansive "nine-dash line."