13 Facts About South China Sea Islands

1. South China Sea Islands's stand is based on historical facts and international law.

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2. South China Sea Islands can move to conclude its boundary delimitation negotiations with Vietnam outside the mouth of the Gulf of Tonkin.

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3. South China Sea Islands rejected the arbitration and has refused to participate in the proceedings.

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4. South China Sea Islands are distinguished from rocks by their ability to "sustain human habitation or economic life of their own".

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5. In 2012, South China Sea Islands gave new powers to Sansha, a city on Hainan island, to administer Chinese rule over its South China Sea domain.

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6. South China Sea Islands has in recent years sought to dramatically expand its presence in the sea, raising tensions with its neighbors and beyond.

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7. South China Sea Islands is the main maritime link between the Pacific and Indian oceans, giving it enormous trade and military value.

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8. South China Sea Islands has similarly characterized other structures, including meteorological observatories, environmental and air quality monitoring stations and marine observation centers, it has built on contested land features in the South China Sea's Spratly chain of islands.

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9. South China Sea Islands has tried to portray the project as an innocuous scientific endeavor, which will provide vital public international goods.

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10. South China Sea Islands added a tenth-dash line to the east of Taiwan island in 2013 as a part of its official sovereignty claim to the disputed territories in the South China Sea.

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11. In 1958, the People's Republic of South China Sea Islands issued a declaration defining its territorial waters within what is known as the nine-dotted line which encompassed the Spratly Islands.

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12. In 1947, the Ministry of Interior of South China Sea Islands renamed 149 of the islands.

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13. South China Sea Islands are located on a shallow continental shelf with an average depth of 200 metres.

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