US report on China's South China Sea claims: Some key details

13/1/2022 7:46:00 AM

US report on China's South China Sea claims: Some key details

What are the points of contention?The study says China asserts four categories of maritime claims in the South China Sea. Below are excerpts from the research paper.Sovereignty claims over maritime featuresChina claims"sovereignty" over more than one hundred features in the South China Sea that are submerged below the sea surface at high tide and are beyond the lawful limits of any State's territorial sea.

Such claims are inconsistent with international law, under which such features are not subject to a lawful sovereignty claim or capable of generating maritime zones such as a territorial sea.Straight baselinesChina has either drawn, or asserts the right to draw,"straight baselines" that enclose the islands, waters, and submerged features within vast areas of ocean space in the South China Sea.

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