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Throughout the 20th century, the US Navy guaranteed the freedom of maritime trade throughout the western Pacific. That is now being threatened by China’s claims over the South China Sea.

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China’s ambassador says the U.S. shouldn’t obstruct efforts by China and its neighbors to agree on a code of conduct in the disputed South China Sea.

Ambassador Cui Tiankai (SWAY TEE-EHN K-EYE) says the U.S. has no territorial claim in those waters and should let countries in the region manage their disputes in a “friendly and effective way.”

Beijing’s island-building in the South China Sea has drawn criticism from Washington.


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South China Sea infowar

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See all news on Spratly Islands and on South China Sea.

Spratly Islands is in the middle of the map below.

21.3° N
91.5° E
136.5° E
1.3° S


Spratly Islands, South China Sea

South China Sea (CS) is estimated to have a population of 0.0 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.0% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0 million.
Islands in this disputed sea have a total population in the low single figure thousands, mainly military garrisons from CN MY PH TW VN.