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South China Sea dispute

beng100
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12/19/2015 6:40:28 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
A major territorial dispute in the south China Sea between China, Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam threatens regional and international security. All of these countries make a variety of claims regarding this ocean and the many reefs, islets and islands within it. China has increased its interest in this long running issue in recent times, spending huge amounts of money to colonize islets and reefs it controls, reclaim kand from the sea, establish military bases and look to create a strategic military presence in the area in order to enforce its claims over the militarily and economically weaker countries also claiming territory. The potential oil and gas resources in the area are also a major motivation for the countries involved in the dispute.

In my view the solution to the problem is allow all sides to continue to control the territory they currently do, allow international navy vessels and aircraft to continue to pass through the area and assign various swathes of ocean territory to the countries involved. If China is given a good deal it will likely be pleased that the international community recognizes its territorial claims and regional dominance in return for allowing international militaries freedom to pass through and over the area while allowing the other territorial claimants some territory near their coastlines and continue to occupy small islets and islands currently occupied with mining rights and small exclusion zones around them.

If no agreement is reached internationally China will likely take the area by force anyway. It's in the interest of the international community to accept China's dominance in the region and come to some sort of deal before China's position becomes even stronger. This also eliminates the potential for conflict, violence and war. Clearly defined borders, rules and boundaries are a much better situation for all involved compared to overlapping claims and ongoing dispute.
PetersSmith
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12/19/2015 8:37:09 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/19/2015 6:40:28 PM, beng100 wrote:
A major territorial dispute in the south China Sea between China, Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam threatens regional and international security. All of these countries make a variety of claims regarding this ocean and the many reefs, islets and islands within it. China has increased its interest in this long running issue in recent times, spending huge amounts of money to colonize islets and reefs it controls, reclaim kand from the sea, establish military bases and look to create a strategic military presence in the area in order to enforce its claims over the militarily and economically weaker countries also claiming territory. The potential oil and gas resources in the area are also a major motivation for the countries involved in the dispute.

In my view the solution to the problem is allow all sides to continue to control the territory they currently do, allow international navy vessels and aircraft to continue to pass through the area and assign various swathes of ocean territory to the countries involved. If China is given a good deal it will likely be pleased that the international community recognizes its territorial claims and regional dominance in return for allowing international militaries freedom to pass through and over the area while allowing the other territorial claimants some territory near their coastlines and continue to occupy small islets and islands currently occupied with mining rights and small exclusion zones around them.

If no agreement is reached internationally China will likely take the area by force anyway. It's in the interest of the international community to accept China's dominance in the region and come to some sort of deal before China's position becomes even stronger. This also eliminates the potential for conflict, violence and war. Clearly defined borders, rules and boundaries are a much better situation for all involved compared to overlapping claims and ongoing dispute.

China is also building artificial islands to expand their territory in the area and is completely pissing the US off http://www.economist.com...

"China and the United States have entered a new state of tensions over the South China Sea, with the U.S. announcing plans to routinely send ships to the area to challenge China's claim. A report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission says that China is making progress with space warfare tech aimed at destroying U.S. satellites while China advances its stealth technology with a new material capable of defeating current U.S. radar ability to detect. China has also announced plans for a military overhaul to make it more combat ready and to be able to project power beyond its borders. The U.S., for it's part, is to move 15% of its Marine Corp personnel to the Pacific to counter China." (From the DEFCON Warning System)
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