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It must be good to wake up one day, look at the vast expanse of ocean around your land, and decide that all the waters as far as the eye can see are yours. That's what Beijing is doing in the sea to its south that needs an official change of name because the country thinks if it's named after China it must be owned by the Chinese. A perfunctory look at any map prepared by international authorities and not by the Chinese will show that Beijing's claim over nearly the entire South China Sea is preposterous and smacks of territorial greed. If Beijing could include the resource-rich Sulu Sea, where its fishermen poach any marine creatures they can lay their hands on including endangered species, within its so-called Nine-Dash Line it would do so.
Territorial greed. (2014, March 21). The Philippine Star, p. 16.
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- The Philippine Star