51 square kilometers, Taiping Island is the largest naturally formed island in the Nansha Islands
Navy destroyer that challenged Beijing's maritime claims by passing close to the Meiji Reef of the disputed Nansha Islands
in the South China Sea, saying that the United States is meddling in the region under the guise of "free navigation.
Soon after, China submitted to the UNSG a 'Note' dated April 13, 2009, alleging that RA 9522 'illegally claims Huangyan Island (referred to as 'Bajo de Masinloc' in the Act) and some islands and reefs of Nansha Islands
(referred to as 'The Kalayaan Island Group' in the Act) of China.
In 1946, the then-Chinese government with help from the United States openly and in accordance with the law took back the Nansha Islands
and reefs that Japan had occupied, and resumed exercising sovereignty," Wang said.
But while Luttwak expected a tough response by the Philippines to Chinese claims to the Nansha Islands
(Kalayaan Island Group or Spratlys), Rodrigo Duterte, elected president in 2016, sidled up to Beijing and then insulted President Obama.
We usually say the South China Sea dispute is around the Nansha Islands
Sovereignty Dispute and part of the waters of jurisdiction.
The marine nuclear power platform will provide energy and freshwater to the Nansha Islands
," it said, referring to the disputed Spratly Islands.
It is important to understand that this arbitration process was in fact started by the Philippines unilaterally as an attempt to legitimise their illegal occupation of the Nansha islands
The United States and the Philippines announced last Friday a deal allowing for the US military to be present at five Philippine bases, including one close to China's Nansha Islands
in the South China Sea.
In Monday's press briefing, Lu reiterated that China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands
(Chinese name for the Spratlys), Zhongye Island (Chinese name for Pagasa Island) being a part of it.
China's sovereignty over the Nansha Islands
and their adjacent waters is irrefutable," the spokesman was quoted as saying.
China's sovereignty and claims of rights over Nansha Islands
and their adjacent waters in the South China Sea have been formed over the long course of history and upheld by successive Chinese governments, and have adequate and solid historical and legal basis.