Date
18 January 2017
A blogpost by a Chinese woman who claims that she attempted to sail to a disputed territory in the South China Sea has gone viral. Photo: Weibo
A blogpost by a Chinese woman who claims that she attempted to sail to a disputed territory in the South China Sea has gone viral. Photo: Weibo

Woman attempts to sail to Huangyan to assert China’s claims

A mainland woman has boasted of adventure on the high seas as she claimed that she attempted to sail to the Huangyan Island to assert the nation’s rights over the territory.

Huangyan Island, also known as Scarborough Reef or Bajo De Masinloc, is a shoal located between the Macclesfield Bank and Luzon Island in the South China Sea.

It is a disputed territory, with China, Taiwan and the Philippines all laying claims to it.

According to an account posted on social media, a woman — who called herself “Wishful” — said she tried to go to Huangyan in a motorized sailboat, but was stopped by the Chinese Coast Guard on the high seas.  

In the blogpost which has gone viral, the lady said she attempted the voyage on March 13 in her Leopard 44 boat.

Though she failed to land the vessel on the island, she proclaimed China’s sovereignty over the territory by making loud announcements through the wireless radio, she wrote, according to Ming Pao Daily.

In a photograph that accompanied her blogpost, the woman can be seen sitting on the deck of a boat — which is said to be worth more than 3 million yuan (US$483,840) — and a coast guard ship in the background.

According to her public profile on the social media platform, the woman is a 29-year-old who works as a real-estate agent in Shanghai.

Although her bold move to land her vessel in Huangyan had failed, it nevertheless won a lot of attention from Chinese netizens.

Many people lauded her action, but there was also some criticism. She was called a nouveau-riche for flaunting her boat.

Meanwhile, as territorial disputes in the South China Sea continue, there is a school of thought that sovereignty rights should be declared through civil force rather than by the government alone.

The Philippine government has warned China on its reclamation activities in the South China Sea, saying its actions not only throw up the risk of confrontations with nearby countries, but will also endanger the ecological balance in the area.

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