China's state media reported on Thursday that a deep-water submersible had planted a Chinese flag 12,333 feet deep in the South China Sea.
The event was reported by CCTV more in the context it being a technological achievement for China's China's submersible navy. But the overtones of sovereignty are marked.
The sovereignty of various parts of the 648,000-square-mile sea is disputed by China, Taiwan, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
No country had an immediate comment on the Chinese flag planting.
[China Defense Blog, http://china-defense.blogspot.com/2010/08/technically-speaking-is-dsrv-deep.html]