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China claims territories of 23 countries, even though it only has borders with 14

China Territory Claims

China Territory Claims

The total area of China’s claims on other countries exceeds the size of modern China itself, but Beijing refuses to budge on its claims.

Many are based on unsubstantiated (outside China) and unprecedented “historical precedents” dating back centuries.

And while China only has land borders with 14 countries, it is claiming territory from at least 23 individual nations.

These include Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, maritime territory which is 1000 kilometres from the closest Chinese soil (well outside the internationally recognised 200 kilometre EEZ).

The following is a list of China’s current claims against other countries, all of which it has made painfully clear it is willing to go to war over:


Afghan province of Bahdashan (despite treaty of 1963, China still encroaches on Afghan territory).


Bhutanese enclaves in Tibet, namely Cherkip Gompa, Dho, Dungmar, Gesur, Gezon, Itse Gompa, Khochar, Nyanri, Ringung, Sanmar, Tarchen and Zuthulphuk. Also Kula Kangri and mountainous areas to the west of this peak, plus the western Haa District of Bhutan


South China Sea especially Spratly Islands


China claims large areas of Burma on historical precedent (Yuan Dynasty, 1271-1368). There are unspecified border disputes with Burma.


China has, on occasion, claimed parts of Cambodia on historical precedent (Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644)


Aksai Chin (part of Jammu and Kashmir), Demchok, Chumar, Kaurik, Shipki Pass, Jadh, and Lapthal Shaksgam Valley, South Tibet (part of India-controlled Arunachal Pradesh), Trans-Karakoram Tract


Parts of the South China Sea.


Parts of the East China Sea, particularly the Senkaku Islands. Also, on occasion, the Ryukyu Islands, on the grounds that the completely independent Kingdom of Ryukyu was once a vassal state of China. The Kingdom of Ryukyu terminated tributary relations with China in 1874.


There are continual unilateral claims by China on Kazakhstan territory, despite new agreements, in China’s favour, signed every few years.


China claims the majority of Kyrgyzstan on the grounds that it was unfairly forced to cede the territory (which it had formerly conquered) to Russia in the 19th century.


China claims large areas of Laos on historical precedent (Yuan Dynasty, 1271-1368)


Parts of the South China Sea, particularly the Spratly Islands


China claims all of Mongolia on historical precedent (Yuan Dynasty, 1271-1368). In fact, Mongolia, under Genghis Khan, occupied China.


China claims parts of Nepal dating back to the Sino-Nepalese War in 1788-1792. China claims they are part of Tibet, therefore part of China.

North Korea

Baekdu Mountain and Jiandao. China has also on occasion claimed all of North Korea on historical grounds (Yuan Dynasty, 1271-1368).


Territory is still unilaterally claimed by China, despite China signing numerous agreements.


Parts of the South China Sea, particularly Scarborough Shoal and the Spratly Islands


160,000 square kilometres still unilaterally claimed by China, despite China signing numerous agreements. Most of Siberia.


Parts of the South China Sea.

South Korea

Parts of the East China Sea. China has also on occasion claimed all of South Korea on historical grounds (Yuan Dynasty, 1271-1368).


China claims all of Taiwan, but particular disputes are: Macclesfield Bank, Paracel Islands, Scarborough Shoal, Senkaku Islands, parts of the South China Sea and the Spratly Islands.


China claims parts of Tajikistan on historical precedent (Qing Dynasty, 1644-1912).


China claims large parts of Vietnam on historical precedent (Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644). Also: Macclesfield Bank, Paracel Islands, parts of the South China Sea and the Spratly Islands.

Additionally, China recently taunted Hillary Clinton about claiming territorial rights on Hawaii, and claimed that Chinese sailors had settled peacefully in Australia centuries before European discovery. And let’s not forget the supposed 1418 map that “proves” China discovered the Americas (and the entire world) long before Columbus.


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47 thoughts on “China claims territories of 23 countries, even though it only has borders with 14

  1. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.


    Posted by OyiaBrown | December 1, 2013, 7:15 pm
  2. I have always said to be cautious of China’s long term plans. Claiming land is bad enough, but they are also leasing land from other nations as well.


    Posted by americanforchange | December 1, 2013, 8:01 pm
  3. Reblogged this on CHINDIA ALERT: You'll be living in their world, very soon and commented:
    This article does not give a source ref. However, if it is correct, then together with the new “air defence zone”, the requirement for Uighur students to demonstrate “correct political views” and recent spar with India all point to a new belligerent China. Not good news at all for the world community.


    Posted by keeper @ chindia-alert | December 1, 2013, 8:48 pm
  4. I kept on telling people here in India, that China is not enemy, this is its way of life.!! Good.. Aggressive.. As a word of caution, the worried countries should become assertive. Nice article, nice observation.


    Posted by Varun Goyal | December 2, 2013, 5:30 am
  5. Reblogged this on Varun Goyal and commented:
    In the recent article, I had discussed about being rational and irrational. See in this blog, one can clearly see that rationality is the mother of irrationality. Both are the sides of same coin. Rationality is pregnant with irrationality.


    Posted by Varun Goyal | December 2, 2013, 5:33 am
  6. You miss Thailand. China once invaded this country.


    Posted by william | December 2, 2013, 6:10 pm
  7. The UN have existing Laws on most of this problem. We just need to put some teeth to it.


    Posted by william | December 2, 2013, 6:54 pm
  8. Now…China will own the moon and will name it “Chi-mon” ..


    Posted by OnYourFace | December 3, 2013, 2:14 pm
  9. and soon enough we will be surprised that I will have a tattoo on my neck that reads “made in china”


    Posted by iknowitall | December 4, 2013, 10:25 am
  10. Have sufficient historical basis description, the South China Sea is the South China Sea, the Diaoyu Islands and other islands of the Huangyan Island is China. China is not the ancient Chinese. Their own land will be back. Your garbage, where nonsense, useful?


    Posted by linjunkui | January 10, 2016, 12:59 am
    • I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you chayneez do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Communist cheeenkeees are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure. – Agent Smith


      Posted by insek_kupal | January 10, 2016, 1:40 pm
      • China is Socialism with Chinese characteristics and since the Communist party destroyed the Religions and rebuilt them as Communist puppets the only real characteristics you have left are the worst characteristics of the imperial Chinese monarchy. The Chinese have suffered so much from this Socialism with Imperial characteristics 😦


        Posted by Thoth Wales | February 2, 2016, 11:01 pm
  11. well what can i say F*** YOU CHINA


    Posted by josh | January 10, 2016, 11:56 am
  12. My IQ went down by 40 points after reading this post, and I am not a Chinese even. I am a foreigner, so I have validity.

    Most of these claims are not even active, or have been resolved since the 90’s.
    China never laid a claim based on the territory it had during Yuan and Ming.
    Ryuku was an independent nation, China never laid a claim on it. It only supports its independence from Japan.
    Also, It was ROC that laid a claim on Mongolia, PRC has already recognized its independence since the 50’s.

    The only active territorial disputes it has is between China and India, Senkaku/Diaoyu, and SCS. The rest is crap. Most of the countries you mentioned there are friendly to China, they wouldnt be friendly if China seeks to annex their territory. As a person with a political science background, I died a little. I am not a Chinese.


    Posted by thisisacrappypropaganda | January 14, 2016, 7:52 pm
  13. Greed and gluttony will never be satiated however much they consume . We have to be aware of statements like such and such place has always been “an integral part” of so and so country. It become a real issue when the country in a member of the UN’s P5 and can very well bully around. Being responsible as a big power and becoming a leader takes second place to greed and wanting all.


    Posted by Tashi the terrific | July 4, 2017, 2:36 pm
  14. Chinese logic:

    If you have an antique China ware (ceramic) in your house, China owns you, including your country.


    Posted by Emilio | July 5, 2017, 6:55 pm
  15. China is land grabber and their origin can be traced to China is not a country.its part of Mongolia.


    Posted by crazy pak | July 24, 2017, 3:15 am
  16. It’s interesting to see so many commenters here simply take this piece of horse shit assuming it’s truth without checking it’s validity.


    Posted by a9udn9u | August 17, 2017, 11:49 pm
  17. Reblogged this on Dr Alf's Blog and commented:
    With international risk managers looking at Russia’s war games perhaps we should not forget China? This reblog should jog memories. But the real ‘elephant in the room’ is in Washington. Do the nationalists or the globalists hold greater sway in Trump’s government?


    Posted by dralfoldman | September 15, 2017, 8:59 am


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