Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS)
Outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines:
Submissions to the Commission
: Submission by the People's Republic of China


Updated on 15 August 2013

    On 14 December 2012, the People's Republic of China submitted to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, in accordance with Article 76, paragraph 8, of the Convention, information on the limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of its territorial sea is measured in part of the East China Sea.

    It is noted that the Convention entered into force for China on 7 July 1996.

    The note verbale accompanying the submission states that “[t]he submission is a partial submission concerning the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in part of the East China Sea. This submission of the Chinese Government is without prejudice to any future submission by China on delineation of the outer limits of the continental shelf in [the] East China Sea and other seas".

   In accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Commission, a communication is being circulated to all Member States of the United Nations, as well as States Parties to the Convention, in order to make public the executive summary of the Submission, including all charts and coordinates contained in that summary.

    The consideration of the Submission made by China will be included in the provisional agenda of the thirty-second session of the Commission to be held in New York from 15 July to 30 August 2013.

    Upon completion of the consideration of the Submission, the Commission will issue recommendations pursuant to Article 76 of the Convention.


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Continental Shelf Notification English | French
Executive summary Chinese | English

Communications received with regard to the submission made by China to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf


Communication dated 28 December 2012: English | French


Communication dated 7 January 2013: Chinese | English | French
Communication dated 5 August 2013: Chinese | English | French


Communication dated 13 August 2013: English | French

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