South China Sea War: China, America Make Region The Stage For World Dominance Ambitions

South China Sea War: China, America Make Region The Stage For World Dominance Ambitions
US President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping U.S. Embassy The Hague/Flickr cc by 2.0

Tensions are high in the South China Sea region but most are unaware of the different war at play. While most territorial ambitions are connected to sovereign claims, some also say that a multi-national power struggle is actually the core with US and China gunning to be the superpower. Will the South China Sea dispute lead to world war?


Hidden Power Struggle 

There is a power struggle in South China Sea that moves beyond claims of territorial rights and ambitions. More than sovereignty, some experts believe that the disputed region is a tug of war among world powers.

China made its ambitions and rights over South China Sea very clear and while there are Asian claimants to the region, the United States is one of the primary opposition to the cause. This is where the power struggle starts

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According to Sky News, the problem with the dispute is that it seemingly occurs far out of the globe that most of the world does not see what’s really going on. However, the “sheer distances involved are immense.”

All nations are continuously look out and while things started with accusations of militarization activities and drills, the situation now is more emphasized through the creation of allies.

China is turning to more countries for support while the United States is sending more aid to its allies, rallying other allied nations to help those potentially affected by the conflict.

Obama Calls for Peaceful Resolution 

Nonetheless, President Barack Obama hopes for “peaceful resolution” of the said dispute. The United States always maintained that it will enforce and honor international law – continually challenging Beijing’s claims in the process.

“In the South China Sea, the U.S. is not a claimant in current disputes, but we will stand with our partners in upholding key principles like freedom of navigation,” CNN quoted Obama.

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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: