reply to post by Romantic_Rebel
heres the why now part of it...
Several countries have made competing territorial claims over the South China Sea. Such disputes have been regarded as Asia's most potentially
dangerous point of conflict. Both People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC) claim almost the entire body as their own, which
claims overlap with virtually every other country in the region. Competing claims include:
Indonesia, China, and Taiwan over waters NE of the Natuna Islands
The Philippines, China, and Taiwan over the Malampaya and Camago gas fields.
The Philippines, China, and Taiwan over Scarborough Shoal.
Vietnam, China, and Taiwan over waters west of the Spratly Islands. Some or all of the islands themselves are also disputed between Vietnam, China,
Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
The Paracel Islands are disputed between the PRC/ROC and Vietnam.
Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam over areas in the Gulf of Thailand.
Singapore and Malaysia along the Strait of Johore and the Strait of Singapore.
yes even way up into the sea of Japan....
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, commonly abbreviated ASEAN is holding a meeting in two days time to better define Territorial waters as in
who gets what???? Side bar... Obama will be speaking at the ASEAN conference...
SO to break it down China is in this big huff claiming most of the south china sea as its own but other countries too have valid claims in what is
some of the most productive fishing ground on the planet