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Activists aim to enter Diaoyu’s waters

08-15-2012 11:02 BJT

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Activists from Hong Kong are aiming to enter waters within 12 nautical miles from the Diaoyu Islands to claim China’s sovereignty over the area.

The distance is crucial because a country’s territorial waters are defined by the stretch of coastal waters extending at most 12 nautical miles, or 22 kilometers from the baseline of a coastal state out to sea. It’s the standard international legal definition and is recognized by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which replaced previous treaties.

Editor:Wang Shuo |Source: CCTV.com

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