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Territorial Disputes in South China SeaS-W-M

Territorial Disputes In South China Sea

Posted on Jul 17, 2013  

In recent years China has become much more assertive when it comes to their territory in the South China Sea. Especially with issues regarding drilling for oil. The particular area caught up in the drama includes the area between the Spratly and Parcel Islands; several incidents have even included intervention by Chinese naval vessels. A notable incident occurred 2 years ago involving two Chinese naval vessels and a survey ship that was operated by Forum Energy plc. Forum Energy’s ship, MV Veritas Voyager was not even in the oil business yet it was still harassed by Chinese naval vessels.

China has been becoming much more protective over the South China Sea which is becoming alarming for some. Vietnam and the Philippines are just two of the other countries that share the South China Sea and they are beginning to show signs of frustration regarding China’s overprotective nature. Last July Vietnam and the Philippines took this issue to the United Nations in an attempt to challenge China’s claims of territory.

The current incident is a new development, however territorial disputes have been going on in the area for quite some time. Keep a close eye on the news in the area, we may see some intervention involving the UN and the 3 key countries in the South China Sea.

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