Troubles in the South China Sea

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Ronaque Ali Behan
Bisharat Ali Lanjwani


South China Sea is becoming widely discussed topic among the scholars. Given its strategic importance it has caught the attention of the whole world. There are contesting claims of Sovereignty over a plethora of small islands, especially Spratlys and the Paracels, by Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam which dispute the Chinese absolute claim and control over the entire South China Sea. Due to its importance for being main route of energy supplies for the emerging economies of the Asia Pacific region, claimant and non-claimant countries are increasingly becoming concerned about the escalation of the conflict. Impressed by the notions of emerging Asia and partly under insistence of allies of this region, the U.S is also actively involved into the affairs of this part of the world. This article aims to study the South China Sea problem from various aspects. The article shall start with the introduction, and then in subsequent paragraphs, various aspects of the issue will be discussed. Before conclusion, some preventive steps will be suggested to stop this crisis from becoming full scale hot crises.

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