South China Sea Conflict : Territorial And Jurisdictional Based

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South China Sea Conflict The South China Sea conflict is territorial and jurisdictional based. The conflict could escalate into an armed conflict between China, and other Asian countries including Brunei, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The conflict between China and these other five countries is complicated due to varying interpretations of international law. All have lay claims to the islands and other smaller land features in the South China Sea area, and the United Nations has been of little help. The following paper will contain an analysis of causes, use of force, methods of management, and possible means to resolve the dispute. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) has no set of statues to resolve sovereignty disputes in cases such as the South China Sea conflict. Even though UNCLOS cannot help resolve territorial disputes it does, however, have laws governing maritime disagreements, but with one problem. The problem in this particular case is that maritime claims are determined by sovereignty over land, and all of the involved countries are in disputes over territorial land claims. “so as long as there are disputes over the land features of the South China Sea, there will be disputes over the waters.” (Poling; IC source 6) South China Sea conflict is not only jurisdictional and territorial based, but also much of the disputes have arisen from resource claims in the area. The South China Sea is rich in many natural resources…

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