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International law and sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes (Part 16)

South China Sea

Part 16: A “bull-tongue line”, an absurdity

On June 15th, 1996, China ratified the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and promulgated the Regulation on the baseline system to calculate the width of territorial waters, including Xisha (Hoàng Sa/Paracels).

In accordance with China’s statement, the baseline adjacent to the Hoàng Sa archipelago includes 28 points, connecting the outermost points of the islands, rocks, submerged banks within the archipelago. With its statement on such a baseline, Beijing has unilaterally expanded China’s territorial waters 7 times over, from 370,000 km2 to 3 million km2, including the Hoàng Sa and Trường Sa archipelagos, stirring deep concern across the regional countries.

China-U-Shaped-Line The nine dotted line map of China is absolutely ungrounded in terms of international legal basis and contrary to the provisions of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea – Documentary photo

China’s baseline regulation on the…

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