The American aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz with their carrier strike groups during a July 2020 drill in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA The American aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz with their carrier strike groups during a July 2020 drill in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA
The American aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz with their carrier strike groups during a July 2020 drill in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA
South China Sea

Explainer |
Why are tensions running high in the South China Sea dispute?

  • The strategic waterway is at the centre of long-simmering territorial disputes involving China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei
  • The US has upped the stakes by accusing China of bullying, and both sides have stepped up military drills in the contested waters

Topic |   South China Sea
The American aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz with their carrier strike groups during a July 2020 drill in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA The American aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz with their carrier strike groups during a July 2020 drill in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA
The American aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz with their carrier strike groups during a July 2020 drill in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA
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