South China Sea Dispute: War Looms Closer As Tensions At An All Time High

South China Sea Dispute: War Looms Closer As Tensions At An All Time High
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Tensions in the South China Sea region are at an all time high but no one really has a full grasp of the situation. According to some analysts, it would be difficult to see if any of the nations are going to war while others are convinced that it has already started. What could this mean for the rest of the world?


US Might Go to War over South China Sea dispute

There are varying contentions as to whether the United States is really declaring war against China especially over its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea. Some say that the Obama administration wants to leave a more peaceful legacy than its predecessors although that is up for debate considering the actions of the United States in the South China Sea.

According to a piece from We Are Anonymous, the United States Navy has just been involved int the largest maritime “war game” exercise in history, in the South China Sea. Specifically, in the previous month, operations were conducted with 4,000 Philippine soldiers plus 8- from Australia. Additionally, the United States has deployed 5,000 of its troops as of June and it confirmed that it will be sending more. One official said previously that the South China Sea “has become a military contest between China and the U.S.”

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According to the piece, the time may not be ripe yet for war but the world is coming closer to it. In fact, it added: “We might not be at war, but we are dangerously close to setting the stage for this to happen; not just in the South China Sea, but in Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Syria and the Baltic. I sincerely fear the outcomes if/when the United States gets a leader next year, who is not as conservative with our military as Obama has been.”

China Hopes for Peaceful Resolution In South China Sea

Nonetheless, there might be hope as a Chinese envoy just said that the only way to resolve the South China Sea dispute is through amicable consultations. Huang Huikang, China’s ambassador to Malaysia claimed that the issue over the South China Sea region has been hyped sensationally to the point that high-profile interference was already prompted, as reported by Xinhua There are also those powers that seek to manipulate the situation. Even if the tensions appear high as of the moment, China is sticking to a “Dual Track Approach” which would emphasize settling the dispute through negotiation and consultation. The approach should be in compliance to international laws and practices. Huang claimed that ASEAN nations like Brunei and Malaysia support the approach.

Also read: South China Sea War: ASEAN Crumbles Before China, US- India- Japan Alliance Threatens Beijing

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  • britbob

    Effective sovereignty Argument Uninhabited Islands: A case that supports this view of effective sovereignty is relevant is the Minquiers and Ecrehos Case, France/UK of 17th November 1953. In this case both the UK and France had requested the ICJ to determine which country held sovereignty over the uninhabited Islets and rocks in the Minquiers and Ecrehos. France had claimed sovereignty because of historic sovereignty going back to the Dutchy of Normandy in the 11th century while the UK claimed that Jersey had historically exercised administrational jurisdiction on them. The Court decided that in the absence of valid treaty provisions, they considered the argument that the British government has exercised effective control to be superior, so that sovereignty control over the Minquiers and Ecrehos belonged to the UK. (the UK had protested to the French government when a French national had intended to build a house on one of the islats and any deaths occurring on the islets were dealt with by inquests held on Jersey). ICJ Minquiers & Ecrehos Judgment, 17 Nov 1953, p28, paras 6 & 12
    No delimitation between states with opposite or adjacent coasts may be affected unilaterally by one of those states. For some interesting judgments on territorial seas and to gain an understanding as to how the world court deals with such disputes:

  • Michael Nunez

    The Un-elected/Totalitarian Regime in China , The CCP Sadly has twisted and turned the Good Win-Win Situation the SCS into Asean’s Worst Night-Mare of the 21 Century . Offering Investment that is ” Cloaking pure Deceit ” . One just has to Look at the Resume of the CCP , Nothing More , to see Asian Peoples Future is Very Bleak and maybe coming to an End . The CCP will not allow ” Any ” in Asia to stand in the way of it’s Territorial Invasion of Asean , the ” Clear Picture ” of China’s Communist Party , the Night-Mare of Asia !