Friday, December 31, 2010
Okinotori Island/The Chinese Way of Hegemony-VII
On 1 December 2009, the Japanese government decided to develop Okinotori Island, which is located in 1,740 km south of Tokyo, building a port and other facilities and finishing within 5 years. However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry reiterated its opposition to the Japanese government’s decision. In September, the Chinese government repeatedly expressed its opposition against Japan’s bid to extend Okinotori Island’s continental shelf in the southern Pacific to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf because Okinotori Island is a rock which can not sustain human habitation or economic life of their own, according to Article 12 of the UNCLOS, having no exclusive economic zone or continental shelf. This has primarily been the Chinese objection against the development of the Okinotori Island. The real reason is once Japan begins to station its navy in the Okinotori Island, the Chinese submarines will face to difficulty in passing through the Okinotori Island into the Pacific Ocean.