Territorial Disputes Of The South China Sea Essay

1352 Words Feb 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
Territorial Disputes of the South China Sea While most people are focus on the conflict of the middle east, territorial disputes are heating up in the South China Sea. While these waters have remained international waters, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines all lay claim to many of the reefs and islands that are in the South China Sea. With claiming these reefs, many countries have created islands which they lay claim over. However, none of the countries have done this with as much speed as the Chinese government. The United States and the other smaller South-Asian countries have become worried about China’s intentions in constructing these islands so quickly. The reason for this being that China has lay claim to the Paracel Islands (which Vietnam, and Taiwan also lay claim to), and has already converted Woody Island into a military station. There is evidence that on the island the Chinese government is keeping HQ-9 missile batteries, according to a United States official (Forsythe 2016). With this worry in mind, President Obama held a meeting with smaller South-Asian countries in California to discuss this, and other matters. No specific action plan was created due to the different views of how this situation should be handled. However, President Obama gave the statement that the United States would “continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows” and that “we will support the right of all countries to do the same.” With all of this…

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