Origins of China’s South China Sea claims

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Invention of China, South China Sea | No Comments

An academic article explaining how China came to claim remote islands in the South China Sea during the period between 1907 and 1947. This is, so far as I can tell, the definitive account. It is a story of confusion and accident, mistranslation and poor map-making. I hope that it shows there is nothing ‘sacred’ or ancient about China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and that the region can resolve the disputes peacefully.