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A China in the Bull Shop? Comparing the Rhetoric of a Rising China with the Reality of the International Law of the Sea

A China in the Bull Shop? Comparing the Rhetoric of a Rising China with the Reality of the International Law of the Sea Jonathan G. Odom Government of the United States of America – U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps July 1, 2012 Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, Volume 17, Issue 2, 2012 Abstract: Since … Continue reading

International law and the sovereignty over Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes (Part 8)

Part 8: Towards well-grounded arguments  Based on the ancient records and maps of Vietnam, some comments can be made as follows: 1. Right from the era of the Nguyễn Lords, the Vietnamese had got rather thorough understanding of the existence of these islands. Vietnamese descriptions of the islands are more detailed and precise than those … Continue reading

International law and sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes (Part 7)

Vietnamese works and documents proving the right of discovery and sovereignty of Vietnam over the Hoàng Sa (Paracels) and Trường Sa (Spratlys) archipelagoes date back to the 15th century; earlier documents may have been destroyed or lost during the period of domination by northern invaders or in incessant wars. The oldest work that refers to … Continue reading

International law and sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes (Part 6)

Part 6: China’s ungrounded arguments about sovereignty  The third fact: Wu Sheng, the Vice-Admiral of Guangdong conducted sea patrols around the 49th – 51st years of the Qing Dynasty (i.e. from 1710-1712). Wu Sheng “set out himself from Qiongya, proceeding to Tonggu, Qizhouyang, and Sigengsha, making a three-thousand-mile tour of inspection. Qizhouyang is the present-day … Continue reading

International law and sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes (Part 5)

Part 5: The differences of history in China’s White Paper To understand the story, reference can be made to the White Paper of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in 1980 and the White Books of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1979, 1981 and … Continue reading

International law and the sovereignty over Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes (Part 3)

Part 3: What Chinese historical documents say? First, China has made its sovereigty claims over these archipelagoes on the basis of the rights to discovery detection and management. China’s arguments include: 1. The Chinese were the first to discover and name the islands; 2. Chinese fishermen have exploited these islands for thousands of years. This … Continue reading

International law and the sovereignty over Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes (Part 2)

Part 2: : Pressure and reaction In recent decades, in its relations with Vietnam, China has twice used force to win the right to possess the islands, on January 19, 1974 in Paracels (Hoang Sa in Vietnamese) and on March 14, 1988 in Spratlys (Truong Sa in Vietmanese). After the above-mentioned incidents, although the two … Continue reading

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