South China Sea Dispute: China Insists Philippines Has No Ownership Over Contested Region
It is an understatement to say that China’s efforts in the South China Sea have alarmed the world over but Beijing believes such issue should not be hyped up. Furthermore, a new report claims that the Philippines have no claims over the South China Sea according to an old map of the region. Who is the true owner?Advertisement
Philippines Has No Right Over South China Sea
A new report highlighted the existence of an old map showing that the Philippines have no claims over South China Sea islands.
According to the old map published in 1899 by geographer J. Martin Miller, Philippines never gained any territorial right over the islands in the South China Sea.
The map could be found in a book titled “The Twentieth Century ATLAS and Illustrated World.”
The book was acquired by Zeng Yingjingat a flea market in New York in 2015.
“All the islands that the Philippines claims are not within the boundaries that were mapped out in this book. They have no right to say that the South China Sea islands belong to them,” Zeng was quoted as saying by Xinhua.
China Urges Cooperationover South China Sea
Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan asserted sternly that there are countries that are playing the freedom of navigation card with regards to the South China Sea dispute. According to reports, the official believes that such has not been a problem but there are nations that are hyping up the issue.
The statement came during the sixth China-ASEAN Defense Ministers Informal Meeting in the Laos capital. According to Business Standard, Chang emphasized that China would pursue the road of peaceful development.
It will also not stop in encouraging regional cooperation while resolving peacefully and coordinately. Chang added that China will not back down on its responsibility to protect regional peace and stability.
China is working on to boost the defense and security cooperation between the country and the ASEAN. Additionally, the Chinese Army is hoping to conduct a joint drill with the ASEAN countries’ army in the South China Sea.