The South China Sea dispute Sovereignty over two largely uninhabited island chains, the Paracels and the Spratlys, is disputed by China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan and Malaysia China claims the largest portion of territory, saying its rights go back centuries - in 1947 it issued a map detailing its claims The area is a major shipping route, and a rich fishing ground, and is thought to have abundant oil and gas reserves … [Read more...] about South China Sea dispute: China lands bombers on island
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Why is the South China Sea contentious? China lands bombers in South China Sea Chinese ship forces US destroyer off course Ahead of the exercise Beijing warned other ships not to enter a designated area between the Spratly and Paracel Islands for five days. … [Read more...] about US criticises Chinese ‘missile launches’ in South China Sea
As part of China's Belt and Road initiative to build a global trading network with China at its heart, Beijing is developing a number of ports in the Indian Ocean region and the Middle East. The Tian Kun Hao can also be used to drill deepwater ports wherever Beijing decides to send it. … [Read more...] about What is China’s ‘magic island-making’ ship?
Some commentators on the island called the exercises the most serious military threat toward Taiwan since 1996, when China staged war games and lobbed missiles into waters near the island in hopes of intimidating voters in Taiwan's first direct presidential election. … [Read more...] about South China Sea Watch: More talks and more tensions
Take the Belt and Road Initiative, which has reached America’s backyard in Latin America and is viewed by the West as a gambit to increase Chinese influence overseas. Or the South China Sea, where U.S. Navy aircraft carriers push back against China, which in turn feels encircled by U.S. military bases from South Korea to Guam. … [Read more...] about Analysis: China’s rise takes the world into uncharted waters