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Japan, in pursuit of selfish interest, has illegally staked claim to nearly 700,000 square kilometers of jurisdictional waters based on the tiny reef. This undermines the overall interests of the international community.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian. Japan has long claimed Okinotori, which is approximately halfway between Taiwan and Guam, as its southernmost island. China says it’s merely a reef, and doesn’t entitle Japan to benefits such as a 200 nautical-mile radius exclusive economic zone that would apply to an island under international law.

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Japan's must realize 50-50 is a mature choice.

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Strange, reading this quite, I quickly remember the many artificial islands that China has created, to stake claims in strategically important and economically advantageous waterways throughout the region. Some reportedly with military forces stationed thereon.

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Strange, reading this quite, I quickly remember the many artificial islands that China has created, to stake claims in strategically important and economically advantageous waterways throughout the region. Some reportedly with military forces stationed thereon.

This

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Anyone who is actually interested will look up a map of Japan's claimed EEZ and wonder how ANY country can be entitled to monopolize so much of the ocean.

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Anyone who is actually interested will look up a map of Japan's claimed EEZ and wonder how ANY country can be entitled to monopolize so much of the ocean.

Not really while so much of land surface and the natural resource under the ground on the planet are

being monopolized by limited number of countries.

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Yeah - it's certainly rich that China, the Great Artificial Isle Maker is calling out Japan on this.

Quite extraordinary in fact.

But China's hypocrisy doesn't let Japan off the hook.

The "development" of the tiny table top reef that is Okinotori into a claim of an EEZ greater than the total land mass of Japan, is in itself a joke.

Strange why the media never ever touches on this "taboo" topic.

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To be clear, the FM spokesperson, in answer to a question from CCTV over Japan's submittal to the U.N. Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, said:

We have noted relevant reports. As is well known, Okinodori is a reef, not an island. It is submerged underwater except for less than ten square meters above water at high tide. However, Japan, in pursuit of self-interest, has illegally staked claim to nearly 700,000 square kilometers of jurisdictional waters based on the tiny reef. This encroaches upon the high seas and international seabed areas and undermines the overall interests of the international community. According to UNCLOS, Okinodori is a reef, not an island. As such, it is not entitled to an EEZ or continental shelf. Japan’s claim of an EEZ and continental shelf based on it violates international law.

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China says "according to international law", bold as brass, would be funny if it wasn't impacting most of SE Asia.

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Does any other country have such a thing as an EEZ?

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I recall a pretty surreal TV piece back in Europe in the 80s or 90s about Japan literally building a concrete wall around a few rocks. Don't recall the name but from what Wiki has to say about Okinotori, it looks pretty much like it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okinotorishima

Total islands: 1 atoll with 2 islets

Area:

Land area: 9.44 square metres (101+5⁄8 sq ft)

Shoal area: 0.008482km2

Highest elevation: 1.5 m (4.9 ft)

Highest point: unnamed point

...

Typhoons are constant threats to Okinotori's existence. In the 1970s there were about five or six visible protrusions, but by 1989, only two were visible.

With global warming is this deemed to be even more of a problem. If your "island" ends up at the bottom of a "well", it won't look good...

In order to prevent the island from submersion caused by erosion and maintain its claim to the EEZ, the Japanese government launched an embankment building project in 1987, and Higashikojima and Kitakojima were surrounded by concrete. Japan has encased the reefs with $280 million worth of concrete and covered the smaller one with a $50 million titanium net to shield it from debris thrown up by the ocean's waves. The Japanese government has spent over $600 million fortifying the reefs to prevent them from being completely washed away.

Furthermore, the Nippon Foundation has drawn plans to build a lighthouse and increase the size of the reef by breeding microorganisms known as foraminifera. Creating land using the microorganisms could take decades to a century before the island is large enough to be useful.

Currently, Japan carries out maritime research and observation of the area, as well as repair work on the embankment.

In 2005, the government installed a radar system (at the cost of ¥ 330 million),repaired a heliport, and placed an official address plaque saying, "1 Okinotori Island, Ogasawara Village, Tokyo" in Japanese. Fishing expeditions also support the claim of economic activity.

In my book, pretty much as much a "natural island" (emphasis on "island" here) to Japan, as the "artificial islands" (emphasis on "artificial" there) to China are.

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Does any other country have such a thing as an EEZ?

There are seven countries with a larger EEZ than Japan.

https://www.worldatlas.com/amp/articles/countries-with-the-largest-exclusive-economic-zones.html

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This is from the same China that claims the entirety of the South China Sea as its own in flagrant disregard of international norms solely on the basis that it has the word "China" in it?

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China complaining about territorial claims. Boy talk about lack of self awareness. I'm sure the CCP will pull out a newly created map "from old times" tomorrow.

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I'm sure the CCP will pull out a newly created map "from old times" tomorrow.

LOL That's right.. It was broadcasted China kept throwing newly-created stone monuments into the sea all over the area around disputed islands. They have confidence in their technology to create "old map" "Ancient documents" 

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Oh really? Well, here’s a map of what China claims to be its territorial waters.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/de/South_China_Sea_claims_map.jpg

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Japan's must realize 50-50 is a mature choice.

If there is one thing that I have noticed about Japan over the years, that is - Japan is not very good at sharing.

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The US claim the Gulf of Mexico,it sit between Cuba and Mexico

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The US claim the Gulf of Mexico,it sit between Cuba and Mexico

What, exactly, does that have to do with Japan's claims? Ah ... nothing.

https://www.gc.noaa.gov/documents/2011/012711_gcil_maritime_eez_map.pdf

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Japan, in pursuit of selfish interest,

coming from the CHINESE foreign minister, this is rich!

Thanks for the morning laugh

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