China’s sovereignty claims over the Nansha Islands: historical evidence


This chapter elaborates on China’s arguments in its claim to sovereignty over the Xisha and Nansha Islands by providing historical facts from different periods. From the perspective of history, China was the first country to discover and name the island groups in the SCS. In addition, its administration over the SCS region was continuously maintained until foreign infringement and colonial occupation. However, through protest and struggle against foreign invaders, China’s sovereignty over the Xisha and Nansha Islands was consolidated. It was further confirmed through the recovery of the four island groups from Japan after the Second World War in accordance with ...

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