Spratly Islands




 
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July 14th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 

Topic: Spratly Islands


Is this where the next conflict will be?

http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...ar/spratly.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spratly_Islands
http://www.american.edu/projects/man...ce/spratly.htm
http://www.american.edu/TED/SPRATLY.HTM
July 14th, 2004  
FlyingFrog
 
Spratly is indeed a problem, but I don't think it will cause a large-scale conflict among the involved nations, because all the parties are trying to solve the problem on table.
July 14th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
cool, its better to hear that from someone who lives in the area rather than from an analyst! they may make a job out of guessing where conflicts will be but they often are wrong!
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July 14th, 2004  
FlyingFrog
 
According to many sources there are a lot of oil and gas under Spratly.

What China's stance is that Spratly belongs to China, BUT China is well ready to share some of the natural sources with other involved countries.
July 14th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
i thought the whole problem was that each of the individual countries that are involved believe the islands are theres or part of them are as they all have claims to it, and i cant see the countries giving up there claim due to the oil, gas and the trade routes, and none of them will be happy with say china or vietnam having all the islands
July 14th, 2004  
FlyingFrog
 
That's true.

I think Spratly should be divided among the countries, there should be a deal reached sothat the problem can be solved peacefully.
July 14th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
yep either splitting or making the islands a neutral territory would be the only ways i can see of solving the problem
July 14th, 2004  
FlyingFrog
 
Right, but sometimes people can be greedy, or they want all of them, or they want too much of a share, then this leads to conflict.

The art is to make a balanced deal, happy for everyone.
If not, then all parties then have to show how big their fists are, and the strongest will grap almost everything.
July 14th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
thats probably going to be the problem with china as with it being the biggest poweri n the south china seas it will probably want most of the islands, if it does come down to showing there fists china will again win! maybe making the islands a neutral area might work but somebody has to govern it-maybe a comitee represented by all the countries involved in the dispute?
July 14th, 2004  
FlyingFrog
 
Yes, I would like to see all the parties sit down together and solve the problem friendly.

First we all admit there is a problem, then we all believe there must be a solution, and it is a peaceful solution, then OK, we try to work out, find the peaceful solution, a committee, yes, some kind of the form of a commitee would be a way to the final solution.

Even if China becomes as strong as USA today in the future, I don't want to see China bully small nations. We are all people with feeling, to be bullied is not fun.

China built a kind of base there like this:
http://bbs.china.com/images/2004-07-...6291806113.jpg

http://bbs.china.com/images/2004-07-...9605663222.jpg

Maybe bring it to United Nation, find a solution there. The bottom line is:
The problem should not be solved by force.