South China Sea Dispute
This article provides you the detail of the South China Sea dispute/conflict. The countries involved in the issue, Historical background, and the current situation also discussed.
South China Sea Latest News?
The Philippine military deployed more navy ships in the South China Sea because of a growing fleet of Chinese boats near the disputed reef called Reed Bank.
After Joe Biden elected as the President, the US took its critical stand on the South China Dispute and the US send its 7th fleet destroyer class ship “USS Russell” near the disputed island Spratly. Other US Navy ships in the South China Sea are USS Makin, USS Theodore Roosevelt, and guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain.
About the South China Sea Dispute History
- South China Sea dispute is over the Sovereignty and the territory over the South China Sea area, and the Spratly’s and the Paracel’s islands.
- The disputes also involve the reefs, islands, banks, Scarborough Shoal, and various boundaries in the Gulf of Tonkin.
- China often invokes its “nine-dash line” to claim its rights over most of the parts of the South China Sea, parts of the area which are also claimed by the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Taiwan.
- China fully ignored the 2016 international tribunal decision that declared its assertion baseless.
Countries involved in South China Sea Conflict
Countries that are involved are – China, Brunei, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia.
Reason for South China Sea War
On average U.S, $3.37 trillion of global trade annually passes through the South China Sea. Which is one-third of the maritime global trade, it’s also the important energy trade route and about 40% of China’s trade passes through the South China Sea. So, China show’s its dominance to control the route.
South China Sea Claims (Who Claims What?)
China invokes its “Nine-Dash Line” to claim most of the portion of the territory.
Vietnam claims that it has documents to prove that it has ruled on both Spratly’s island and the Paracels island since the 17th century.
Scarborough Shoal (also known as Huangyan Island) is the main reason for the dispute between China and the Philippines.
|Malaysia and Brunei||
Malaysia and Brunei both claim territory in the South China Sea that falls within their economic exclusion zones, as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Few numbers islands in Spratly’s are claimed by Malaysia.
Disputed Islands in the South China Sea
The most disputed islands in the South China Sea are Spratly’s Island, Paracels island, and Huangyan island.
India and the South China Sea
South China Sea conflict is one of the hot issues of the waterways, and India is one of the major players in the Asia-Pacific region who can take its firm stand against China on the South China Issue. India’s stand on the South China Sea is neutral, India always supports overflight and navigation freedom in the international waterways.