Pence says South China Sea Doesn't Belong To Any One Nation

The South China Sea does not belong to any one nation and the United States will continue to sail and fly wherever international law allows, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Friday, in a challenge to China which claims the waterway. The United States has conducted a series of “freedom of navigation” exercises in the contested South China Sea, angering China, which says the patrols threaten its sovereignty.“The South China Sea doesn’t belong to any one nation, and you can be sure: The United States will continue to sail and fly wherever international law allows and our national interests demand,” Pence said. China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan, all have claims in the South China Sea, through which some $3 trillion of shipborne trade passes each year. Pence on Thursday told leaders of Southeast Asian nations there was no place for “empire and aggression” in the Indo-Pacific region, a comment that could be interpreted as a reference to China’s rise. Speaking to a regional summit, Pence directly criticized China’s action in the South China Sea, according to a transcript of his remarks.“Let me be clear: China’s militarization and territorial expansion in the South China Sea is illegal and dangerous. It threatens the sovereignty of many nations and endangers the prosperity of the world,” he said.

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Did anyone think about changing  name of the sea. "South China Sea"....

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Does China possess every islands?

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22 minutes ago, Petar said:

Did anyone think about changing  name of the sea. "South China Sea"....

So the Indian ocean only belongs to India, Persian gulf only to Persians, gulf of California only California...? The legal status of the sea is international water shared by many nations, there are very specific international laws on how far from the coasts belongs to one nation

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If i remember correctly, I'm not sure 100 percent, no nation owns more than 12 nautical miles off the coast. The rest are international waters

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South China Sea belong to China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei, not only China. 

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My suggestion years ago was to change the name from

● South China Sea

   to

● South Asia Sea

Words can be significant.  Names can affect how others think about something.

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12 hours ago, ThunderBlade said:

South China Sea belong to China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei, not only China. 

^This is according to Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei.  But according to China, it belongs to China.  

Under normal circumstances, any time two parties disagree to property rights, they must take their cases to court, and the judge decides.  This actually happened in 2016 with an international court, which decided against China.  

Unfortunately, it makes absolutely no difference whether a judge rules one way or another.  What matters is whether the police enforce the judge's ruling. 

So the real question is what happens when China has more guns than the international police?  

There is a reason why China is racing to build its military.

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