Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Real Owner of Spratly Island Philippines or China?


China has countered a Philippine diplomatic protest at the United Nations by saying it has indisputable sovereignty over the Spratly islands that the Southeast Asian country "started to invade" in the 1970s.

China's diplomatic note to the UN, a copy of which was seen by The Associated Press, said the Philippine occupation of some islands and reefs in the Nansha islands infringes on China's sovereignty. The Spratlys are known to the Chinese as Nansha islands.

A Philippine protest filed to the UN earlier this month said China's claim to islands, adjacent waters, seabed and subsoil in the South China Sea had no basis in international law. The territorial claims were detailed in a map submitted to the UN in 2009.

The Philippines, China, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Viet Nam claim in whole or in part the Spratlys - a group of islands, reefs and atolls in the South China Sea believed to be sitting atop vast oil and gas reserves.

Viet Nam and Malaysia filed protests in 2009 against China's map, and Indonesia, a nonclaimant to the disputed territory, also protested last year.

The protests are registered with the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, which will help mediate conflicting claims on territories.

'Totally unacceptable'

China said the contents of the Philippine diplomatic note "are totally unacceptable to the Chinese government".

The Philippines has said the Kalayaan Island Group in the Spratlys was an integral part of the country, which has sovereignty and jurisdiction over nearby waters and geological features under the international law principle that land dominates the sea.

China said the Kalayaan Island Group was part of its Nansha islands and its sovereign and related rights were supported by abundant historical and legal evidence.

It said before the 1970s, the Philippines never made any claims to the islands in a series of treaties defining its territory.

"Since the 1970s, the Republic of the Philippines started to invade and occupy some islands and reefs of China's Nansha islands and made relevant territorial claims, to which China objects strongly," said China's April 14 note to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

China said the doctrine that a legal right cannot arise from an unlawful act applied, thus the Philippines could not rightfully claim the islands.

Asked for comment, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Philippines said the note verbale sent by the Philippine Permanent Mission to the UN "speaks for itself".
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8 Comments:

Anonymous said...

the spratly islands is a part OF PHILIPPINE- EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE base in the INTERNATIONAL LAW CONDUCT OF SEAS..china occupy some of the small-islet...THE MISCHIEF REEF>>SCABORROUGH REEF>>>some of the REED BANK...they build..structures..a radar system..anti navy ships........a few months ago they harass a goverment oil-exploration vessel.....

Anonymous said...

the strategy of china is to the use of force...deploying a dosen of patrol vessels... some small-submarine.....

Anonymous said...

spratly islands is less than 300KM. - MANILA......1200km from CHINA.....open your tiny-eyes

Anonymous said...

what country is the nearest in these islands? Take a look where China is located in our map.

Anonymous said...

U jus cant claim sprately islands over documents made by some emperor or somewhat. u base it on international laws agreed by everyone. Philippines is the rightful owner of sprately islands. China is just bullying the Philippines. Never trust the Chinese

Anonymous said...

philippines cant claim spratly in whole they should consider vietnam that has a right to claim some of the islet located in the outmost region from which is close to their sea's, thu's vietnam and philippine relation long before proven since war happen in vietnam were some of the refugee escape in palawan and well accepted by the philippine gov,.

Anonymous said...

All of Spratly island belongs to China. It just a fact. We can all just continue to post comments and pretends it's all true.

Anonymous said...

all of Spratly islands belong to china not Philippines. During Spanish rule the Philippines 16 century to 1898 and American rule the Philippines 1898 to 1946, the Spanish and the American don't know about Spratly island and never mention in the Philippine history about Spratly islands. Philippines independent July 4,1946 up 1970 never say that Spratly islands is belong to Philippines. on 1956 Philippines discover the Spratly islands claimed to own the island so when you a farm lots which has no plants and trees, can you claim that lots is yours of course no because you don't have the documents of ownership as we know World War II end 1945, Spratly islands return to china(ROC). china(ROC)control the spratly island 1946 when civil war end in china 1949 ROC (Taiwan) they moved back to Taiwan Island they withdraw their military china (PROC) is the real owner of Spratly islands

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