16 Apr '17, 9pm

Why is the South China Sea unquiet? - The Straits Times

Why is the South China Sea unquiet? - The Straits Times

BEIJING • Territorial disputes in the South China Sea among several countries have been ongoing for decades but tension has been increasing in recent years. Much of it is caused by what has been perceived as China's growing assertiveness in its claims, beginning in 2009 with its presentation of a map to the United Nations. The map showed its claim over almost the entire South China Sea represented by a U-shaped, nine-dash line. This put China in clear contention with all the other claimants - Taiwan and Asean member states Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam. But part of the tension is also caused by the United States entering the fray as it rebalanced to the Asia-Pacific in 2011, paying more attention to this region. Here's a look at why the South China Sea has become unquiet. WHO IS CLAIMING WHAT IN THE WATERS? China claims nearly all of the South China Sea in ...

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