Chinese warships, markers seen on disputed Spratlys As I’ve said before, just look at these maps and see to who the Spratly Islands are nearest located to. See who has occupied the most. See who’s being irrational. See who’s being the bully. There is a status quo agreement, China. According to the international EEZ limit for coastal states, China and Vietnam shouldn’t even be owning any of the islands! And yet these two countries have claimed and occupied most of the Spratlys, and have even gone to skirmish battles with each other with tens of casualties.