China pacifies Asia's largest maritime sovereignty dispute in 2017 by offering aid, investment and pledges of talks with weak Southeast Asian nations while Beijing's main rival, the United States, remains silent.
Shifting in Sea sovereignty dispute South China's six-nation involvement allows Beijing to minimize open condemnation of its claims to roughly 90 percent of its maritime territory from its southern coast to Kalimantan. "The US Department of State, the Pentagon, when looking at Asia they tend to think that the region is peaceful, because we found a way to communicate, although there was a dispute and accept the dispute as it is," said Alan Chong , professor at the S. Rajaratnam International Studies College in Singapore.
Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam claim sovereignty over the whole or part of the 3.5 million square kilometer sea. The countries consider it very important that the tropical ocean with its roughly 500 small islands for fisheries, shipping lanes and fossil fuel reserves.
China cites historical evidence of fisheries to support its claims. Since 2010, the country superior to the technology has angered neighboring countries for reclaiming small islands for the deployment of military means. In 2016, the world arbitration tribunal decides, at the request of the Philippines, to reject the legal basis of China's maritime claims. [gp]