An uninhabited island in the Spratlys in the South China Sea, much of which Beijing claims as its own. Photo: Reuters
An uninhabited island in the Spratlys in the South China Sea, much of which Beijing claims as its own. Photo: Reuters

South China Sea: key moments in a decades-long dispute

  • Beijing set out its expansive claim more than 70 years ago with a few lines on a map
  • Washington has confronted the assertions head on, saying they are unlawful

An uninhabited island in the Spratlys in the South China Sea, much of which Beijing claims as its own. Photo: Reuters
An uninhabited island in the Spratlys in the South China Sea, much of which Beijing claims as its own. Photo: Reuters
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