Chinese Government Takes Land By Drawing New Maps

China's brand new map expansively claims areas in the South China Sea that are not necessarily theirs to claim. (Ecns.cn)
China's brand new map expansively claims areas in the South China Sea that are not necessarily theirs to claim. (Ecns.cn)

If you want a bigger country just draw a bigger map. At least, that’s what Chinese officials did when they launched their new China map last week. The new map lays strong emphasis on it’s claims to the South China Sea.

The new map shows the dash line around the sea area China claims. The old maps only had a small square box inset at the bottom showing the other claimed areas. Chinese spokespeople say the map is to show more clearly to the Chinese people the area of China, nothing else.

The new, longer map dispenses with the box, and shows continental China along with its self-declared sea boundary in the South China Sea – stretching right down to the coasts of Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines – on one complete map, reported Australia Network News.” 

The disputed Spratly Islands that Japan also claims to control have been a sore spot for the Chinese government lately. One of the Chinese governments tactics to legitimize it’s claim is to put sand and create reefs around the islands they want.

Beijing claims about 90 percent of the South China Sea, but parts of the potentially energy-rich waters are also subject to claims by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan, according to Australia Network News.

Oddly enough, its unclear where the world stands on the issue. The United States has been somewhat quiet and seem to be playing the political card to not stir up too much trouble, as long as violence doesn’t erupt.

Take a look at the map below and let us know—is it that easy to create new territory? If so I am going to start drawing my own maps, the Bahamas look pretty nice, maybe I’ll start there! I’d be more successful if I also had a large military…

China's brand new map expansively claims areas in the South China Sea that are not necessarily theirs to claim. (Ecns.cn)

China’s brand new map expansively claims areas in the South China Sea that are not necessarily theirs to claim. (Ecns.cn)

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