A reef in the disputed Spratly Islands, where China has been building up its military infrastructure and presence. Photo: AFP
A reef in the disputed Spratly Islands, where China has been building up its military infrastructure and presence. Photo: AFP

South China Sea safeguards ‘not strong enough’ to stop international tensions escalating

  • Observers call for greater efforts to agree on a code of conduct for the disputed waters, which have become a major forum for the US-China rivalry
  • Talks on the code between China and Asean have been going on for years, but have yet to resolve some major points of disagreement

Topic |   South China Sea
A reef in the disputed Spratly Islands, where China has been building up its military infrastructure and presence. Photo: AFP
A reef in the disputed Spratly Islands, where China has been building up its military infrastructure and presence. Photo: AFP
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