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South China Sea: Background
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Duan Jielong was elected to serve a nine-year term on the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea despite US argument that China disregarded international law.

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Indonesia’s deployment of warships to the Natunas this week has fuelled speculation that the regional bloc could finally act as one against China’s maritime assertiveness.

Beijing’s military build-up, maritime militia and island-building have caught America napping. With the PLA rapidly expanding, China may already have the ‘foundation of control’ of the waterway.

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Earlier this year, Chinese oil survey vessel and its escorts spent months in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone, which Vietnamese diplomat called ‘very alarming’.

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Beyond fake news, there’s a wider trend of people in power ignoring or excising bits of history to suit their own purposes. The North Korean nuclear crisis is one consequence of such disregard for facts

Philip Bowring says Beijing’s assertions of sovereignty over the South China Sea are just ahistorical cant, and are being used to justify an unwarranted sense of superiority

China has been under withering political and legal attack for allegedly violating the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.