A map of South China Sea is on display at a maritime defence educational facility in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. Photo: AP

Beijing’s claim about its ownership of the South China Sea needs to be rebutted

Philip Bowring says Beijing’s assertions of sovereignty over the South China Sea are just ahistorical cant, and are being used to justify an unwarranted sense of superiority

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A map of South China Sea is on display at a maritime defence educational facility in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. Photo: AP
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Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring has been based in Asia for 39 years writing on regional financial and political issues. He has been a columnist for the South China Morning Post since the mid-1990s and for the International Herald Tribune from 1992 to 2011. He also contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, www.asiasentinel.com, a website of which he is a founder, and elsewhere. Prior to 1992 he was with the weekly Far Eastern Economic Review, latterly as editor.