Thursday, March 28, 2013

China: Attempted Island Grab in the South China Sea

The Chinese apparently have now decided to test Malaysia with a naval exercise on an island offshore Malaysia in the southern South China Sea:
The exercises included the landing of amphibious craft just off the James Shoal, 80 kilometres off the Malaysian coast.

The James Shoal is China's most southerly territorial claim.

It is among several disputed parts of the South China Sea, including the Spratly Islands, that the People's Republic says belong to Beijing.
More here.

Map is the famous "Nine-Dashed Line" or "Cow's Tongue" showing the extent of Chinese South China Sea territorial claims.

I placed the yellow oval to show James Shoal area.


  1. Island Grab????

    Mark, why don't you try grabbing some island yourself?
    China had made this stand long even before the nation called MALAYSIA had even been existed!!!!

  2. Just because you once, maybe, had a claim it doesn't mean time has stood still waiting for you to reassert that claim.

    That ship has sailed.