The Dragon: It's practices of gulping Territories
Updated: Jun 25, 2020
-BY ABHIGYAN PANDEY
As the dragon continues to flex its muscles in the northern region of galwan valley in India, let us try to decode the alarming audacity of China in the South China Sea region.
From the past 100 years, the entire geographical territory has been a victim of disputes between China, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei making their rigid claims. China one of the global superpowers in Asian geopolitics never hesitates to back its expansive claims with island and naval patrols.
If we give history a say, then apparently the conflict is over the sovereignty of two ocean islands called the Paracels and the Spratlys. What creates the discord is the mineral wealthy region. Since there has been very little detailed analysis as far as the mineral reserve in the region is concerned, it is expected that the region is heavily rich in natural gas and oil.
With that being stated, it gives clear-cut evidence why the Asian superpower is curious to get the territory under its hard hands. China claims by far the largest portion of territory - an area defined by the "nine-dash line" which stretches hundreds of miles South and East from it's most southern province of Hainan.
China lashes out strongly in a bid to gain control over the islands, the Beijing remarks that it's right over the area dates back centuries to when the Paracel and Spratlys island chains were regarded as an integral part of the Chinese nation. In 1947, it also issued a map detailing its claim. The Chinese side iterated that two island groups falls entirely within its territory. However, the facts were not easily received by the other ends.
DEMANDS OF OTHER NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES.
Vietnam iterated that China had never claimed sovereignty over the island before the 1940s. The once French-controlled control pointed out that it has actively ruled over both the Paracels and Spratlys since the 17th century and has the document to prove it.
While the stances of the two nations remain clear, let us explore the demands and claims of the members of A.S.E.A.N.(Association of South East Asian Nations) Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.
With the Philippines voicing its stake, Malaysia and Brunei also lay claim to territories in the South China sea that they say falls within their Economic exclusive zones as defined by U.N Convention on the Law of the sea.
Though the detailed demands of the neighbouring countries have been made succinct, the global superpower cannot be left ignored when it comes to geopolitical conflicts.
The U.S.A. has sent a clear message that it does not take sides in territorial disputes. However, political events reveal that it does not think twice to send its military ships and planes near conflicted islands calling them " freedom of navigation " operations to ensure access to key shipping and air routes.
The time calls for promotion and propagation of peace and sidelining aggression and egoism.
Let us hope for a world where traditional warfare is taken out of the dictionary and world peace and harmony become an amplified narrative in society.