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

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