South China Sea dispute 3 – the Chinese stand

“…Disputes have been propelled by an aggressive China, eager to meet growing energy demands that outstrip its supply capability. Overlapping claims resulted in several military incidents since 1974 and in several countries awarding foreign companies exploration rights in the same area of the South China Sea. Regional nation-states not directly involved in the Spratly disputes became concerned about regional stability and established a regional forum to discuss the peaceful resolution of the disputes. Sovereignty and exploration disputes were thought to be resolved with the drafting of ASEAN’s 1992 declaration which committed members to resolve disputes peacefully and to consider joint exploration of the territory. Military aggression and exploration endeavors conducted by China since 1992, however, have brought into question the validity of the 1992 joint declaration and raises the question of what long-term, peaceful solution could prevent the region from erupting into a continuum of military incidents over sovereignty rights to the natural resource-rich Spratly Islands.”

http://www.southchinasea.org/ for resources and detailed maps of South China Sea region

http://www1.american.edu/ted/ice/spratly.htm#r1 for ICE-made Spratlys case

http://hoangsa.org/gallery/

http://hoangsa.org/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=1 for Truong Sa island listing

http://hoangsa.org/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=19 for Hoang Sa island listing

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