Asia, John, China discussed on BBC World Service

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I'm still a chinese citizen but a permanent resident on the australia i travel to southeast asia final as well so i hope to develop balanced view regarding this very controversial strategically consequential question from john's going to set on the basis for china's claims in the south china sea the chinese claim is for china is the first country to discover to name to develop the islands those claims they say is based on almost two thousand years of history they say that chinese seafarers including fishermen went to the south china sea and they discovered the islands fast forward to the second world war between 1930 nihin 1945 the entire south china sea was occupied by japan was japan's defeat at the end of the second world war china despaired naval vessels to reclaim sovereignty ninety forty five a couple of years after the end of the second world war the chinese government published a map of the region with a line drawn around the south china sea and encompass most of the water and all of the tiny islands there was no explanation as to precisely what the line meant but it was clear the chinese were claiming territory those through an unresolved debate among scholar news about what exactly the public china government was claiming at that time in that unresolved debate is very much at heart to recent controversies over the current people's republic china's claim to the south china sea from john says that china believes it has the best case arguing that other countries any became interested when oil and gas surveys carried out the chinese claim has always being that before the ninety 70s before resources were discovered nobody in the region contested chinese claims in a while while they're consistent arguments is that china's claims to the south china sea has been more consistent historically than any of the other claimants states if i went to beijing or share would i find that if i stopped someone in the street they would know all about the south china sea i think it would come to them as an issue of territorial sovereignty is son issuing bear dudes in the narrative of the century of humiliation since you one hundred years between the mid nineteenthcentury maternity century a time when china feels foreign powers had the upper hand so recovering lost territories asserting sovereignty rights over those territories this is a very much part of modern china's.

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