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We have been telling our readers for three years now about China's maritime territorial aggression. But our readership keeps growing and its hard to pick up on a thread like that if you have not read the previous background posts.
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We recently found a video on YouTube that explores the major issues in the South China Sea.
We link you to it here as perhaps the most painless way of getting the fundamental facts on a very complex and troubling maritime issue. The video was made in 2010 but deals with the fundamental issues which have not changed vice the most recent events. We feel this video can save the reader new to the issue a lot of back ground reading and position the reader ready to place the more recent developments that we comment on in the context of the region and the history of the relevant issues. In a nut shell China views the South and East China Sea as her sovereign territory with no regard to the rights of her neighbors under existing and codified international law that China is signatory to. China's neighbors in these seas are entitled to territorial seas of their own and exclusive economic zones of their own. International shipping has the right of free transit through the area. Much of U.S. commerce with India, the Middle East, and other areas must pass through the area that China is treating as her virtual inland waterway. China claims this maritime hegemony is a "core national interest". We will continue with our opinion posts on the current affairs surrounding Chinese claims on the islands and shoals of its neighbors later. If you are just joining, us this video will give you a painless but broad background on at least the South China Sea portions of the issue. To watch the video click HERE
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