Responses to Sovereign Disputes in the South China Sea

In: The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law
Author: Hayley Roberts1
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  • 1 Bangor University Law School, United Kingdom

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    On 5 June 2014, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported in its Regular Press Conference that Vietnamese vessels had rammed Chinese ships over 1,200 times. Available at http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/2511_665403/t1162678.shtml; accessed 21 July 2014.

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    The Declaration, made on 25 August 2006, states that “the Government of the People’s Republic of China does not accept any of the procedures provided for in Section 2 of Part xv of the Convention with respect to all the categories of disputes referred to in paragraph 1 (a) (b) and (c) of Article 298 of the Convention”. Part xv, Section 2 losc relates to compulsory procedures entailing binding decisions, and Article 298 provides for optional exceptions to the applicability of Section 2.

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    Spokesperson’s Remarks, 16 July 2014. Available at http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/t1174949.shtml; accessed on 21 August 2014.

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    As of 22 July 2014.

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    E Wong and J Ansfield, ‘To Bolster Its Claims, China Plants Islands in Disputed Waters’, The New York Times, 16 June 2014,. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/17/world/asia/spratly-archipelago-china-trying-to-bolster-its-claims-plants-islands-in-disputed-waters.html?_r=0l; accessed on 21 August 2014.

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    R Dancel, ‘Manila protests recent Chinese ‘sovereignty patrols’ in South China Sea’, The Straits Times, 18 August 2014; accessed 21 August 2014.

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