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Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage in the South China Seaand Regional Cooperation

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The South China Sea (SCS) has served as a great sea-lane through which culture and business have spread to the world. To some extent, the protection of underwater cultural heritage in the SCS has the potential to claim historical rights, because China has indisputable sovereignty over the Spratly Islands with ample historical and jurisprudential evidence to support this. The regional cooperation in the SCS area should be undertaken on the basis of related laws such as the Charter of the United Nations, the Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea that regulate and define rights and obligations for concerned parties, which provides states and organizations with the rules and procedural support for the protection and exploitation of underwater cultural heritage.

Keywords: Law of sea; regional cooperation; South China sea (SCS); underwater cultural heritage protection



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