Beijing has given names to 80 features in the South China Sea, the disputed waterway that it claims almost entirely as its own. Photo: AFP
Beijing has given names to 80 features in the South China Sea, the disputed waterway that it claims almost entirely as its own. Photo: AFP

Beijing could face Asean’s wrath over ‘naming and claiming’ of South China Sea features, observers say

  • Formal identification of 80 topographical formations unlikely to impress the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, with which China is trying to agree a code of conduct for the disputed waterway
  • Naming of underwater features might also be in breach of international law, regional affairs expert says

Beijing has given names to 80 features in the South China Sea, the disputed waterway that it claims almost entirely as its own. Photo: AFP
Beijing has given names to 80 features in the South China Sea, the disputed waterway that it claims almost entirely as its own. Photo: AFP
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