China never properly explains its U-shaped line

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China has claimed sovereignty to more than 80 percent of the East Sea (aka the South China Sea) based on a “U-shaped line” drawn by itself without any proper explanations or any historical and legal evidence.

Though no countries have, so far, recognized its unreasonable line, China has relied on it to carry out many aggressive acts like cutting cables of Vietnamese oil exploration ships in 2011 and towing a giant, mobile oil rig into Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone on May 2.

Dr. Nguyen Hong Son, deputy head of the East Sea Institute under the Academy of Foreign Affairs, told Vietnam Television that China’s U-shaped line is not acceptable as Beijing has not been able to present the exact geographical coordinates and significance of the line, as well as the exact territorial waters it claims based on the line.


Video credit: Vietnam Television (VTV)

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