China’s own records debunk ‘historic rights’ over disputed seas

Experts say official Chinese documents belie ‘nine-dash line’ as Beijing asserts dominance in South China Sea.

A ruling at The Hague in 2016 tossed out Beijing's 'nine-dash line' claim in the South China Sea [File: Andy Wong/AP]
A ruling at The Hague in 2016 tossed out Beijing’s ‘nine-dash line’ claim in the South China Sea [File: Andy Wong/AP]

By Ted Regencia16 Jul 2020 Al Jareeza

Having secured an alliance with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a state visit to Beijing in 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping underlined it when he visited Manila in 2018, promising a new chapter in the two nations’ diplomatic ties and vowing to turn the disputed South China Sea into “a sea of peace”.

In a published message to Filipinos just before his trip, Xi recalled how, more than 600 years ago, Chinese explorer Zheng He “made multiple visits to the Manila Bay, Visayas and Sulu” areas during his “seven overseas voyages seeking friendship and cooperation”.

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