Reasons behind the issue in Spratly Islands

The Spratly Islands which consists of more than 100 reefs, islets and islands, occupies less than five square kilometers, and spread over more than 400,000 square kilometers of sea, located between the Philippines and Vietnam, in the area of the South China Sea.

The Spratly Islands, regarded as part of the great sweep of archipelago of Southeast Asia consisting of more than 30,000 and which so complicates geography, governance, and economics in the region. Considering the size of Spratly Islands and its geographical location makes it less interesting. But considering these islands as territorial markers rather than a place of habitation may be more important.

Native islanders don’t occupy the place, even though abundant fishing grounds surrounds the area. Initial surveys indicate that the islands may contain oil and gas, which makes it a much bigger reason why the other countries are claiming it.

The Spratly Islands, a string of rocky outcrops in the South China Sea possibly holding large oil and gas deposits, are also claimed by neighboring Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines; as said by thepeninsulaqatar.com.

Approximately 45 islands occupied by relatively small numbers of military forces from China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Brunei established a fishing zone which overlaps the southern reef, but does not directly made any formal claim. The Spratly Islands located in the Southeastern Asian group of reefs and islands in the South China Sea, about two-thirds of the way from southern
Vietnam to the southern Philippines.

Claims of the Spratly Islands proved its worth the the countries involved, owing the history behind it as described by globalsecurity.

Today the Spratlys are again a hot item in the Philippine news because of the 2005 Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking the Philippines had with China and Vietnam, both claimants too; and because of the question whether or not this had anything to do with the scrapped controversial ZTE national broadband network deal with China that has been rocking the political landscape in the past months; as said by inquirer.net.

Political issue within the Philippines or even internationally makes Spratly Islands more controversial than before. For updates on articles in this site you can subscribe for free via email or by rss feeds.

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  • Do you think that spratly really belongs to the Philippines?
  • Should we need other countries to harness Spratly’s resources or the government should invest on doing it?

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  • Josh Maxwell June 8, 2008 at 10:00 pm

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  • Talk Loud June 9, 2008 at 1:57 am

    I don’t know why or what. But our president and all that surrounds her thinks that they’re untouchables, doing deals to other countries that the public doesn’t know is really unfair.

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  • mary jane August 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    the spratlys is for the philippines

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  • joyce ann adap August 24, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    hello guys … i read this article about this spratlys actually i join in the contest journalism and this is our topic..!!!

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  • ShoutOut August 25, 2011 at 1:56 am

    spratlys island should be for the Philippines..
    because it’s only 80miles away from the Philippines..
    people from CHINA’S are too greedy..
    they are not contented of their LAND and RESOURCES..
    PLEASE SUPPORT THE PHILIPPINES!
    give our country a chance to be RICH in NATURAL RESOURCES again..
    it will be a big help for us to rebuild our COUNTRY..
    Thank You! :]

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  • Jerry sandoy October 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Actually spratly island is really belong to the Philippines but because of the political crisis in the country since the ouster of of former president marcos there was so many unusual things happening in our surroundings, during the marcos regime no brave navys of neighboring countries dare to approach spratly island because during his period he order to the marine those approaching in our territorial waters specially naval boat will have the clearance from the govt. first before it come closer to the areas. but this policy was abolish after people power and new constitution was in place and the spratly island was or been set aside, to the fact that since 70s, the oil drilling the western philippine was reach to 210,000 barrel per day and when the people power was took in power the production was reduce to 110, barrel /day and because of rampant corruption in the goverment during Ramos time the flatform has been closed and was declare that ran out of deposit, but the real happenings is the company was

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  • JB October 9, 2011 at 9:32 am

    The philippine economy now is high as 390billion dollars, so meaning AFP can really procure the defense equipment tov safeguard our territorial waters. including the spratly island, you know the only needed to change is the law concerning the procurement of the defense equipment that able this AFP procurement agency can move quickly to purchase like naval boat, missile armaments and tracking radar system for all concern including under water movement to track submarine and land base ASW weapon.secondly AFP also need to say of the equipment has seen is already ok, , airforce need trainer jet and jet fighters combatant capable, the lives of the soldier was put to danger if the procurement staff was not able to provide the best equipment to the dependers ,Mahilig kasi sa mura hindi tinitingnan ang
    tunay na kailangan ng ating depense. with the good defense equipment our government can assure to investors that they will be protected, even our neighbor will be think twice to approach and bully the drilling companies in the area of soveiegnty.

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