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Daniel Halliday
Jul 19 · Last update 1 mo. ago.
Which country has legitimate claims over the South China Sea?
With seven states claiming territory in the South China Sea, and many other states claiming it should be counted as international waters, which state/s have a fair claim?
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It should remain international waters, for the sake of biodiversity in the atolls, reefs and islands
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The US should ratify UNCLOS so that international community can behave amicably at sea
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China has historical rights over this area
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It should remain international waters, for the sake of biodiversity in the atolls, reefs and islands

China is reclaiming large amounts of land by dredging sand over coral reefs and then concreting it in place to build upon them. China has so far carried out thousands of acres of land reclamation here despite having no legal basis of claim over any of these coral reefs. It is not just the destruction of habitats in question here but also pollution and interruption of migration routes, and this processes needs to be stopped.

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The US should ratify UNCLOS so that international community can behave amicably at sea

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is the international agreement that deals with territorial claims at sea. It has been signed by the vast majority of countries in the world and the United States is one of the few that hasn’t. Signing this treaty would give the international community a stronger stance to challenge China’s unrealistic and aggressive claim to the entire South China Sea.

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China has historical rights over this area

It is first described in Chinese history and is recognised by name, internationally as the South China Sea by nearly all countries. The international laws that have been used to argue against China’s claims are not even signed by the US and China has many allies backing it on this issue. China has officially stated its openness to bilateral negotiations with all other claimants.

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