The World Over Boundaries And Resources Essay

903 Words Jan 16th, 2016 4 Pages
There are many disputes happening around the world over boundaries and resources. One of these disputes is occurring in the South China Sea. It is a dispute between China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan. According to bbc.com, China claims the largest portion of territory on the South China Sea. They have many historical claims – some of which may be true, some of which may be false. Bejing states that centuries ago, the Paracel and Spratly island chains were considered parts of China, and in 1947, they issued a map (the nine-dash line) supporting its claims. With no surprise, Taiwan made the same claim. Vietnam disputed against China 's claims because Vietnam has documents to prove that they have ruled both the Paracels and Spratlys since the 17th century (bbc.com, lowyinstitute.com). Since China was too late to claim any part of the South China Sea, they claimed to control a small portion of it named “the Fiery Cross Reef” in 1988. Based on theguardian.com, this was a method China used as part of a plan to claim the rest of South China Sea. Theguardian.com also informs us that a person named Dr. Wu claims, “China was first to discover all tiny islands in South China Sea, first to name them, first to assert effective control over them. Our jurisdiction began in Tang Dynasty, in the 9th century and all places were under administration of Van County, Hainan.” Although we don 't know if this claim is valid, China insists that it is true by basing their…

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