Pag-asa Island, seen here in 2011, is part of the disputed Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines. Concerns have been raised over the environmental cost of territorial disputes in regional waters. Photo: AP
Pag-asa Island, seen here in 2011, is part of the disputed Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines. Concerns have been raised over the environmental cost of territorial disputes in regional waters. Photo: AP

Letters | Why South China Sea island claimants won’t be moved by plight of coral reefs any time soon

  • The main obstacle to multilateral cooperation on environmental management in the South China Sea and the Spratlys has always been mutual suspicion
  • Nationalism is the fundamental driver of national policy in this arena and the primary obstacle to cooperation of any kind

Topic |   South China Sea
Pag-asa Island, seen here in 2011, is part of the disputed Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines. Concerns have been raised over the environmental cost of territorial disputes in regional waters. Photo: AP
Pag-asa Island, seen here in 2011, is part of the disputed Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines. Concerns have been raised over the environmental cost of territorial disputes in regional waters. Photo: AP
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