Japanese media said the Chinese warships near the reef in Okinotori drill “illegal”
Japan’s so-called” Okinotori “is actually just the reefs. The photo shows the Chinese navy in 2009 out of the ocean before the icon.
World Wide Web intern reporter Zhao Wenjie reported Japan’s “Sankei Shimbun” on June 20, commented that with the growing maritime interests, China is accelerating the implementation of the strategy to ensure command of the sea; comments also said that China National Offshore Board sent to the Pacific fishery and survey vessels, and the Chinese naval missile destroyer in the reef near Okinotori drill “violation of international conventions,” Japan should “firmly defend their sovereignty.”
“Sankei Shimbun” commented that, according to “International Law of the Sea Treaty, the definition of” red bird should be “islands” instead of “reef”, so it should be near Japan’s territorial waters, exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. The Chinese found Okinotori as “reef” so opposed to Japan’s exclusive economic zone formulation. Commented that China’s move is intended to build a marine territory. Because Okinotori reef is located in the middle of the first island chain and the hub of the second island chain, is extremely important strategic position.
comments also mentioned recently in Vietnam and the Philippines because of “intolerable” and to defend the territory of the action. In the future, China will definitely have “deterrent action.” In this regard, “Sankei Shimbun” that the Japan-US alliance as the cornerstone of the deal since it goes without saying, Naoto Kan’s visit to Indonesia reached a common fight against China’s maritime security cooperation is well deserved. But Japan itself should be done. Japanese government “Integrated Ocean Policy Department” decided last month to build in the red bird and the port wharf road, this should be completed as soon as possible. At the same time, but also perfect to defend the red bird of the maritime security system. Review concluded that Japan should now act quickly to “defend the sovereignty.”
Okinotori reef in the waters south of the Ryukyu Islands, north to south and 1.7 km, 4.5 km from east to west, has been uninhabited. Its geological structure are coral reefs, rocks have been formed by the six, but the waves eroded many years, is constantly not disappear into the sea or, now only two rocks above water. Bird Island is not red, but the Japanese authorities over the years, “little tricks” continues to do everything possible to turn it into “island.”
China has opposed Japan’s islands and reefs on red is the “island” argument, because under the “United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea,” the relevant provisions of the island should be the first high tide is higher than in naturally formed area of ??land surface area, the other to maintain the survival of mankind, but also to suitable for human habitation. Okinotori is neither natural, nor fresh water, no plants grow, can not sustain human life, but can not sustain human living conditions and therefore do not meet the “island” is defined, do not claim exclusive economic zone with the condition.(edit: SN049)
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