South China Sea War: China To Hold Exercises In Disputed Waters

South China Sea War: China To Hold Exercises In Disputed Waters
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As the arbitration court at the Hague prepares to hand down its ruling over the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China over the South China Sea, China has announced that it will be holding exercises along the disputed waters.


With the date of the ruling drawing near, China reiterated once again that it has a policy of “not accepting and not participating” to the arbitration case initiated by the Philippines. The ruling is set to be announced on July 12.

Even with Secretary of State John Kerry warning China against putting up an ADIZ in the area, China Ministry of National Defense spokesman Colonel Wu Qian said that a country has sovereign rights to impose the zone. Moreover, he remarked, “It depends on whether China is facing security threats from the air, and the level of the threat.”

Meanwhile, China’s Maritime Safety Administration announced that drills will take place between July 5 to July 11. Not much was said about the exercises, only that the area will cover east of Hainan Island in China all the way towards Paracel Island, a territory China and Vietnam have been disputing over.

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U.S. Secretary Defense Carter had repeatedly said that China’s aggressive actions will end up with the country building “a Great Wall of self-isolation.” In response, Wu Qian said, “If someone wants to smear China by accusing China of ‘self-isolation,’ they are doomed to fail.

“China’s friends are all over the world.”

Despite tensions between the two countries over South China Sea, China and U.S. warships and vessels have sailed together to Hawaii on its way to the large scale Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2016. According to Wu Qian, the PLA Navy 153 task group reached Hawaii last June 29. There, it will be joining in a host of activities including a coordination conference.

Meanwhile, according to a report from The Guardian, China has said that other ships will be prohibited from entering affected parts of the South China Sea while the exercises are taking place.

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  • britbob

    Effective sovereignty Argument Uninhabited Islands: A case that supports this view of effective sovereignty is relevant is the Minquiers and Ecrehos Case, France/UK of 17th November 1953. In this case both the UK and France had requested the ICJ to determine which country held sovereignty over the uninhabited Islets and rocks in the Minquiers and Ecrehos. France had claimed sovereignty because of historic sovereignty going back to the Dutchy of Normandy in the 11th century while the UK claimed that Jersey had historically exercised administrational jurisdiction on them. The Court decided that in the absence of valid treaty provisions, they considered the argument that the British government has exercised effective control to be superior, so that sovereignty control over the Minquiers and Ecrehos belonged to the UK. (the UK had protested to the French government when a French national had intended to build a house on one of the islats and any deaths occurring on the islets were dealt with by inquests held on Jersey). ICJ Minquiers & Ecrehos Judgment, 17 Nov 1953, p28, paras 6 & 12.
    No delimitation between states with opposite or adjacent coasts may be affected unilaterally by one of those states. For some interesting judgments on territorial seas and to gain an understanding as to how the world court deals with such disputes:

  • A Peaceful Life

    China needs to prove to the world that has ability to protect its territory and people. US needs to prove to the world that has ability to maintain a role as the world cop. And I want to see it too because now is 21st Century. Stop talking, just do it…..!