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China's Actual EEZ vs. Nine-Dash Line

Created on April 24, 2014

China's Actual EEZ vs. Nine-Dash Line

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Read the original report, "A National Strategy for the South China Sea."

In a May 2009 letter to the U.N. Secretary General, China claimed sovereignty over the islands and “sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the relevant waters” of the South China Sea, but China’s actual exclusive economic zone (EEZ), as measured by a disinterested marine institute and illustrated below, indicates the extent of China’s excessive claim.

Sources: Marineregions.org, Map Interface, http://www.marineregions.org/ eezmapper.php (accessed November 20, 2013), and Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations, letter to Ban Ki-moon, May 7, 2009, http://www.un.org/depts/los/clcs_new/submissions_files/ mysvnm33_09/chn_2009re_mys_vnm_e.pdf (accessed February 21, 2014).

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Tags: South-China-Sea, UNCLOS, law-of-the-sea, China, nine-dash-line, EEZ, exclusive-economic-zone