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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China solemnly declares statement on the governments of Malaysia and Vietnam filed a Joint Submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf of the United Nations, extending the outer limits of their respective continental shelf 200 nautical miles beyond their shorelines.

No. 002 11 May, 2009
On 6 May 2009, the governments of Malaysia and Vietnam filed a Joint Submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf of the United Nations, extending the outer limits of their respective continental shelf 200 nautical miles beyond their shorelines. In addition, on 7 May, 2009, the government of Vietnam filed a new Submission to the Commission, extending the outer limits of its continental shelf 200 nautical miles beyond its shoreline.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China hereby solemnly declares the following statement:
1.In terms of either historical, geographical or international legal perspective, the Nansha Islands (Spratly Islands), Shisha Islands (Paracel Islands), Chungsha Islands (Macclesfield Islands), Tungsha Islands (Pratas Islands), as well as their surrounding waters, their respective sea bed and subsoil belong to the existent territories of the Republic of China. The sovereignty of these archipelagoes belongs to our government is an undeniable fact, Taiwan therefore enjoys and deserves all rights accordingly. Any sovereignty claims over, or occupation of, these islands and their surrounding waters will not be recognized by the government of the Republic of China.
2.The Government of the Republic of China especially calls on the governments of Malaysia and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to abide by the principles and spirit enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the Declaration on the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea, in order to peacefully resolve the dispute of the South China Sea through negotiation and rational dialogue.(E)

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