People's Liberation Army Navy soldiers patrol near a sign in the Spratly Islands reading ‘Nansha is our national land, sacred and inviolable’. Photo: Reuters

Why do so many countries have claims to territory in the South China Sea?

Competing claims based on history, geography and law – but raw military power the trump card

Topic |   South China Sea: Analysis

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People's Liberation Army Navy soldiers patrol near a sign in the Spratly Islands reading ‘Nansha is our national land, sacred and inviolable’. Photo: Reuters
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