01 四 2018
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Vietnam and Philippines have no credible claim for sovere 2011-07-04 09:43 #1
Vietnam and Philippines have no credible claim for sovereignty in Nansha Islands
Vietnam and Philippines have no credible claim for sovereignty in Nansha Islands. Vietnam's claim of sovereignty in the Xisha Archipelago and Nansha Archipelago is based on discovery in the 17th Century as well as having received it from France through succession after it defeated the French colonial armies. The Philippines' claim of sovereignty over Nansha A. is based on discovery in 1956 as well as proximity. These are all absurd and facetious.
How could Vietnam have discovered these islands in the 17th Century when China had already discovered them thousands of years ago in the 3rd Century BC? Even Zheng He had observed these islands as he made his voyages in the 15th Century and more than 200 years before Vietnam's alleged discovery of these islands. Frances's occupation over the S. China Sea islands was illegal since China had sovereignty over them and therefore Vietnam could not legally receive these islands through succession from France. Japan occupied and controlled S. China Sea but was eventually defeated and the islands returned to China. By the same token France's occupation was as illegal as Japan's and therefore cannot be legal and Vietnam has no valid claim of sovereignty due to succession from France.
The Philippines' bases for claiming the Nansha Archipelago are even more absurd. A Filipino man by the name of Tomas Cloma went sailing in Nansha A. in 1956 and claimed everything he saw as his own private property. It seems he was guided by the thesis that what he saw he can keep. This is the action of a thug and a pirate and totally unsupported by international law. The Philippines government subsequently in 1972 took over Cloma's islands and incorporated them as part of the Palawan Province. Cloma's action was illegal because Nansha A. was already China's sovereign territories and nobody can claim them simply by sailing by and seeing them. The Philippines also claimed Nansha A. based on the distance of these islands being closer to the Philippines than to China or Vietnam. Proximity cannot be used as a basis for claiming territories in the eye of the international law. Therefore, the Philippines' claim of sovereignty based on proximity is false and baseless. Another basis the Philippines use to claim Nansha A. is that since these islands are so close to the Philippines if they are occupied by Philippines' enemies then it would become a threat to the security of the Philippines. This argument is truly facetious as well as immoral and treacherous. If this argument were valid then anybody can forcibly invade and claim any island or land because he feels threatened. If this argument were valid then China can also use it to forcibly take back not ony Nansha A. but also Palawan because it is a threat to China's security.
Both Vietnam and the Philippines argue that since they are occupying and controlling these islands therefore they are entitled to maintain them as their sovereign territories. This argument is absurd. If a country can establish sovereignty over an island simply by invading, occupying and controlling it, then China should simply retake these islands by force and then reclaim its sovereignty over them by demonstrating that it has "effective occupation and control" over these islands.
In the final analysis, China had long ago discovered all the S. China Sea islands and other features therein and had established soveregnty over them by Tang Dynasty by incorporating the S. China Sea into its administrative map. Ever since then S. China Sea is the sovereign territory of China. Chinese people had sailed throughout S. China Sea as far as Malaca Strait to trade with the Malays by the time of the Tang Dynasty. The highest mountain in S. E. Asia is in Sabah Malaysia and is called Mt. Kinabalu which means Chinese Widow. And the biggest river in Sabah is named Kinabatangan where kina again means China. The Chinese in S.E. Asia call themselves Tang ren or Tang people. This is good evidence that the Chinese have settled throughout S. E. Asia as long ago as the Tang Dynasty. All dynasties subsequent to the Tang Dynasty had maintained sovereignty over S. China Sea. Therefore, it is absurd for any other countries to claim that they could "discover" any island or feature in the S. China Sea and claim it as his own private property.
Vietnam and the Philippines had invaded China's S. China Sea sovereign territories since the end of WW2 and throughout the 50's and 70's when China was embroiled in civil war and foreign wars such as the Korean War and Vietnam War. Vietnam and the Philippines had taken advantage when China was weak and unable to fight them off to rob China's sovereign territories. Now that China is strong and able to reclaim its sovereign territories it is time for these pirates and thieves to get out of Chinese sovereign territories peacefully. Or China must exert itself and blow them away. There is no need to deal gently with vicious thugs.
China had offered joint development to various countries in S. China Sea out of the goodness and generosity of its heart. This has been met with jeers and ridicule and contempt. China's generosity has been intepreted as a sign of weakness and cowardice. Many countries also see it as a sign that China does not actully has sovereignty over S. China Sea. Who would offer to give away trillions of dollars' worth of its own oil and other resources unless it really didn't own these oil and resources. So China's generosity has made the situation worse and not better and is undermining China's claim of sovereignty. China has made a sincere attempt to solve the problem peacefully. It is clear the peaceful resolution has failed. Therefore, it is time for China to stop begging and pleading for peace and harmony and shift to the military solution. China must immediately declare that since Vietnam and the Philippines had rejected joint development, the offer of joint development is withdrawn and is henceforth null and void. China must give an ultimatum for these invaders to get out of China's sovereign territories or be ejected with force.
China must not wait because if it keeps waiting then it will strengthen the argument of Vietnam and the Philippines that they have sovereignty due to effective occupation and control. China must act now!!!!!