By Tran Kinh Nghi-Independent researcherIt is somehow strange that the world has been consuming so much effort and time, and even bloodshed in case of Vietnam yet to find a solution to the conflict of East Sea (internationally known as South China Sea). It is even more strange that this issue only appeared since 2009 when Beijing suddenly announced its nine-knotted line looking like the tongue of the cow) only basing on random sketch by a general under the Chang Kai-shek's regime. As a matter of fact this line was never known to public before and is not substituted with any latitudes or longitudes.
Maybe, Beijing assumes itself that China is now strong enough to carry out their dream of expansion and domination of the East Sea (?). However, people wonder if any reason for such a vague line to exist without any legal ground could have any "effect" by internal norm? Or how could the Chinese hegemonism be once more successful with their acrobatic magic of "turning nothing into something"?
|Chinese coast gaurd vesels contantly ramping and harussing Vietnamese fishing boats|
If any state could just draw itself some vague dashed lines without any data of magnitudes or landmarks and claims it's "core interest" , then what will happen to the world at large? The way of claiming territory like that only happens in the wildlife, and now it happens with the case of China drawing its line in the East Sea! The ambiguous boundaries encompassing the East Sea, most of which infringe upon the continental shelf, territorial waters and entire exclusive economic zones of other littoral states. Even if the islands and rocks being occupied by Chinese forces in the middle of the Sea, by international law and practice, are not at all eligible to claim sovereignty over the waters around. But the danger is that Beijing allows it self to implement the so-called sovereign right over the region by acts of war directly violating vital interests of it's neighboring states- the first victims are Vietnam and the Philippines. China has been repeatedly threatening to attack these two countries. In many cases the Chinese navy solders in civilian cloth act like gangsters and sea pirates looting and harassing thousands Vietnamese fishermen.
In short, no one else but China is actually causing risk of hot war in this region. So, the international community should better not take time to discuss solutions while the Chinese had insistently denied any multilateral solution. Let's first of all request Beijing to officially renounce its unjustified dashed line. People of the littoral states and other relating parties of interests in the East Sea never accept such monopolist claim of China. Any lingering schemes or stubbornness from the Chinese side shall only detrimental the interests of other stakeholders and of itself alone. /.