China: In a move to affirm its sovereignty over the disputed Diaoyu Islands, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), China, released geographic coordinates of the Island and some of its affiliated islets. The SOA announced details about the exact longitude and latitude of the Diaoyu Island and 70 of its affiliated islets. It published location maps, three-dimension effect graphs and sketch maps for the Diaoyu Islands.
The announcement aims to help the public understand the information concerning the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islets, the SOA said in a statement on its website.
The fresh statement came after the Chinese government announced the base points and baselines of the territorial waters of the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islets, as well as the names and coordinates of 17 base points.
In its previous statements released earlier this week, the SOA said a country has the same sovereignty over its territorial sea as it does over territorial land, and such sovereignty extends to the seabed and subsoil as well as the air space above it.
Also, China”s permanent representative to the United Nations Li Baodong met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and filed a copy of the Chinese government”s Diaoyu Islands baseline announcement with the United Nations.