WHAT: PEACEFUL RALLY EVERY FRIDAY (JULY 2011 / 11:30 PM -- 1:00 PM) PLACE: Los Angeles Consulate of China in LA 443 Shatto Pl Los Angeles, CA 90020 BRING YOUR FRIENDS... BACKGROUND: CHINA IS CLAIMING THIS AREA WHO OWNS SPARTLY ISLAND?: The Disputed Spratlys is within the Philippine Waters. The Philippines is the legal owner of the islands in the Spratlys as it is within 200 Nautical Mile Exclusive Economic Zone said United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) / The Philippines & the Spratly Islands History The Philippines as the closest and archipelagic country of the Spratly Islands with another five Asian countries claim the Spratly Islands including -- China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei. Disputes among these six parties have led to various minor military skirmishes, the detention of fisherfolk and diplomatic rows in the past three decades. Control of the Spratlys is important since the region is supposed to contain large deposits of oil, gas, hydrocarbon and mineral resources. The islands are also strategically located in the sea lanes for commerce and transport in the South China Sea which is very close to the Palawan Province of the Philippines with a distant less than 200 nautical miles; a bases that Philippines has a legal ground that those islands are part of the Philippines.
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