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South Korea To Depoly 5,000-Ton Patrol Vessel To Leodo, Will Start Patrolling The Reef In April

By January 27, 2016 at 4:04 am
South Korea To Depoly 5,000-Ton Patrol Vessel To Leodo, Will Start Patrolling The Reef In April (Photo : Chung Sung-Jun | Getty Images News)

South Korea is planning to deploy a 5,000-ton patrol vessel to the Seoul-controlled rock outcropping of leodo, according to a report from Yonhap News Agency.

The Ministry of Public Safety and Security said in the annual briefing to President Park Geun-hye that the vessel, which is newly built, will start patrolling the reefs in April 2016.

The latest move comes as China has repeatedly laid claim to leodo, which has been the subject of a territorial dispute with China.

Leodo lies within the overlapping exclusive economic zones of the two countries.

Although the international maritime law states that a submerged rock cannot be claimed as territory by any country, South Korea successfully controls leodo.

The country is the closest to leodo than any other country.

The Korea Times reported on an article dated Jan. 19, 2016 that China has once again laid claim to the rock after several years of not pursuing it.

China laid the claim during a meeting with officials from both countries in December 2015.

China is demanding that Seoul not only yield a large portion of its exclusive economic zone in the Yellow Sea, but also the leodo reef.

China is claiming that the rock falls under its maritime jurisdiction.

This is hard for South Korea as the importance of China in the country's foreign policy affairs can be seen from several perspectives.

China would play a crucial role in any serious plant to unify the Korean peninsula and is the country's largest trading partner.

South Korea also signaled last that it would join the China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, ignoring U.S. resistance.

The country also signed a free trade agreement with China to boost the Korean economy.

After so much progress between the two countries, the leodo rock dispute, however, threatens to disrupt the relations between South Korea and China.

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