CONTROL OF THE ISLANDS DEFINES THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONES OF BOTH NATIONS Updated 3/18/2016
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Who Ever controls the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) controls the oil , gas and fisheries around the Islands. China claims the islands as part of the "Province of Taiwan". Taiwan makes their own independent claim. From 1895 when Japan's sovereignty over the islands was first internationally and formally recognized until a few years ago no one challenged Japan's sovereignty. During the intervening years offshore and gas technology evolved, the EEZ legal concept evolved, and then demands by China and Taiwan manifested after oil and gas were discovered in the vicinity. The claims of China//Taiwan are based on dubious ancient history relative to discovery. Settled international law doesn't credit discovery as a claim to sovereignty or the America's would be owned by Spain. Absent effective settlement, effective use and administration is a lawful claim. Only Japan has used or administered the islands since the 1895 on. The Air Defense zone and constant trespass by Chinese Coast Guard ships and air craft is a belated attempt to assert "effective administration" over an area that has been effectively administered by Japan since 1895. Plain and simply the dragon is trying to steal the territory of its neighbors and if allowed to do so will eventually take main land ares as well. The Dragon is surrounded and will be stopped. If they don't pull back on their own, the price will be world political capital, and national economic loss, regime change, and elimination as regional leader.