Island, subject of dispute According to the analysis, Tokyo and Seoul have undertaken major efforts to explain who is the rightful owner of the island. Each state has its own historical maps and diagrams, documents and records that would dominate the debate. “To get to Dokdo, we took the ferry from Gangneung to Ulleungdo, the farthest eastern point of South Korean islands.
For South Korean island trip is the culmination of patriotic tourism. Once landed, with tourists and visitors waved flags remain about 40 minutes east breakwater of the two main islands. Ostrov is also a police guard post and a heliport. West Island home to the house of a local fisherman, the only permanent resident, “recalls Stratfor.
From Ulleungdo to Dokdo are 47 nautical miles South Korea believes that Dokdo is under the jurisdiction of Ulleungdo Island. Japan considers what is called Takeshima part of the administrative district of Oki islands, around 85 nautical miles. But Japan also notes that Takeshima is only 114 nautical miles of Honshu, Japan‘s main island, closer than the South Korean territory, which lies at a distance of 117 nautical miles, points Stratfor.
The difference between an island and a stone At present, South Korea undoubtedly controls Dokdo, but Japan is challenging the legality of this occupation. Also under discussion is the idea that a set of islands, indeed, is an island or simply a collection of stones. “The difference between an island and a stone may be open to question, but it contains important economic and political implications.
With ample fishing activities and high expectations to oil reserves, natural gas and minerals submarine, this is far from frivolous litigation or simply reflects centuries of animosity and fierce nationalism. Here is added the economic aspect. Maritime Agreements provide that an island should be visible above the surface and must be habitable or capable of sustaining economic activity.
The name of the island is provided with the consent of 12 nautical miles and an EEZ of 322 kilometers. A stone must also be visible above the water, but not economine should support activities nor to have the resources to be inhabited. A stone falls into an area of 12 nautical miles, but it has an exclusive economic zone, “writes Stratfor. Dokdo island there is a small population, but water resources and food (except seafood) are imported. South Korea says this proves that it is habitable. Others disagree with this interpretation.
Tensions still exist Although competition between South Korea and Japan is, in this case, rather mild, Asia is full of disputed islands, reefs, shoals and submerged rocks. These tensions are much more important. “Public animosity between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands in the past sparked riots and looting. Vietnam and China have already had several military engagements over the Paracel islands. International law provides only a thin help in resolving these disputes.
The geographical designations, which are meant to help distinguish between different types of territories in turn ambiguous. Today, Europe rethinks its legitimacy and even defining the boundaries of nations, nations and sub-nations. In Asia, land borders are still quite well defined. Space is disputed sea. Territorial boundaries are indeed being reassessed, “said Stratfor. Nationalism plays a fundamental role in terms of economic security. According to Stratfor analysis, nations must guarantee access to marine resources and trade routes vital to the entire region. Stratfor concludes that when water is organizing principle of the continent, the issue of island dispute, of an agglomeration of rocks or a reef becomes a national strategic significance.