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Al Jazeera 22 Nov 2020

What's behind the South China Sea dispute?

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China and its neighbours all want a piece of the South China Sea.
Rights to fish, territory, oil and gas.
This fight has it all, including the potential for war.
So why is ASEAN struggling to manage the problem? And why won't China share?


In the disputed South China Sea, fishermen are being driven further from their shores due to dwindling catches, forcing them to encroach into territorial waters belonging to neighbouring countries.

Tensions have risen as China claims 80 percent of the South China Sea and has sent out the world's biggest naval force to defend its territory.

Countries unable to stand up to Beijing are turning to the United States for support, which is deploying more warships to the region.

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