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Analyses and Commentaries

International law and sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes (Part 15)

South China Sea

Part 15: The inviolable right to succession

Since 1949, the political changes in some regional countries has led to the appearance of new state entities involving in the dispute in the East Sea (South China Sea). Here, the issue of the right to succession is of importance.

Immediately after the end of World War II, the French government in Indochina restored their presence in both the Hoàng Sa (Paracel) and Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes, which had been occupied by Japanese troops during World War II. The gunships Escarmouche and Savorgnan de Blazza, from May 20th to June 6th, 1946 arrived in the Hoàng Sa archipelago for exploration. The islands were deserted. The Japanese Navy left the islands after destroying all the construction works and seaports there [1].

A French army unit landed on Hoàng Sa Islands for its recapture [2]. They carried out the re-occupation for Annam, while affirming both…

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