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China versus Vietnam: An Analysis of the Competing Claims in the South China Sea

China versus Vietnam: An Analysis of the Competing Claims in the South China Sea Raul (Pete) Pedrozo CNA Occasional Paper, 2014 This legal analysis was commissioned as part of a project entitled, “U.S. policy options in the South China Sea.” The objective in asking experienced U.S international lawyers, such as Captain Raul “Pete” Pedrozo, USN, … Continue reading

Conference papers: Paracel – Spratly Archipelagos – Historical truth

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Paracel – Spratly Archipelagoes – Historical truth International Workshop, Vietnam 2014 ? On June 20, 2014, Vietnam’s Da Nang and Pham Van Dong Universities co-organized the 2nd International Workshop on Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos under the theme “Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos: Historical Truths”. The workshop was attended by nearly…

The Philippines in the South China Sea dispute

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The Philippines in the South China Sea dispute Renato Cruz De Castro Professor, De La Salle University, Manila, The Philippines The 2012 Scarborough Shoal standoff between the Philippine and Chinese civilian vessels constitutes an arch-typical international incident. Three years before the incident, China had already become more assertive in…

Vietnam’s evolving claims in the South China Sea

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Vietnam’s evolving claims in the South China Sea Do Thanh Hai PhD candidate, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University Vietnam is a claimant in the South China Sea disputes. Its claims for sovereignty of islands and maritime regions of the sea overlap either wholly or partly with…

Vietnam’s Position on the Sovereignty over the Paracels & the Spratlys: Its Maritime Claim

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Vietnam’s Position on the Sovereignty over the Paracels & the Spratlys: Its Maritime Claim Hong Thao Nguyen Vietnam National University – Hanoi May 4, 2012 Journal of East Asia International Law, V JEAIL (1) 2012 Abstract: The South China Sea has long been regarded as a major source of…

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

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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…

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

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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…

International law and sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes (Part 14)

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Part 14: Acquisition of sovereignty over Trường Sa (Spratlys) For the Trường Sa archipelago, the first specific observations of this area took place between 1867-1868 by the British oceanographic research vessel Riflemean. Later, the area left abandoned until the scientific reconnaissance carried out by the French ship de Lanessan…

International law and sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes (Part 13)

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Part 13: Setting the milestone in 1909: Too late! In August 1907, the Japanese with their ambition occupied the uninhabited islands within Dongsha archipelago, near Guangdong. This posed a direct threat to the security of China. The incident resulted in the opposite turn in China’s attitude toward Hoàng Sa…

International law and sovereignty over Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes (Part 12)

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Part 12: Occupation by force is illegal Since 1885, international law on territorial acquisition has taken profound changes. For unclaimed land (terres res nullius), effective, uninterrupted and continuous occupation with relatively large discontinuity can be compromised if it is compatible with the maintenance of rights and notification of such…

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