Why China is building islands in the South China Sea

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China claims they aren't military bases, but their actions say otherwise.


China is building islands in the South China sea and its causing disputes among the other nations in the region; Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The US has many allies in the region and uses its massive Navy to patrol international waters, keeping shipping lanes open for trade

To truly understand the international conflicts and trends shaping our world you need a big-picture view. Video journalist Sam Ellis uses maps to tell these stories and chart their effects on foreign policy.



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Are we going to ignore the fact they are building on reefs?

Author — Julia Elliot

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China is creating “blockades” in the Spratly islands, a blockade is considered an act of war.

Author — Remington Wells

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Real question, who named it the South China Sea?

Author — Matthew Ng

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*In a egg hunt event*

Philippines: Wow I got a lot of eggs.
Malaysia: Yeah me too.
Vietnam: Oohhh I got a lot too.
China: *Hippity Hoppity this eggs is my property*

Author — Clark Pangilinan

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Every other countries: "yea, we should shar-"

China: *N O*

Author — BillTheMiner

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Philippines: ok, this is my part of the archipelago
Vietnam: and this is my side
Malaysia: and this is m-
China: *SHUT UP THIS IS ALL MINE*


Edit: help this is a joke, i don’t know that much about it.

Author — Eaulrich Obal

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Well China in that case, India owns the Indian ocean

Author — Sherwin Pais

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If the war starts. Philippines can or might be the warzone.

Author — Temujin Bornel

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UPDATE: There are two new towns built on these islands added under the province of Hainan. I am personally enraged as a Filipino.

Author — Nora Grace

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.... *the distance of the Spratlys island... so near to the Philippines... and even to the ASEAN*

Author — Jy G

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legend says that china is still doing its best to claim pluto

Author — Im not Zen

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This is just a giant game of battle ship.

Author — Mia Lau

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china, this is not epic. i do not approve my country's doings reee

Author — AlexZitao0

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Imagine if the US just came in and claimed the entire Caribbean for themselves. That's the same as this

Author — blu

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So basically, Southeast Asia: “We share this land” China : “We share this land?” China : “We don’t share this land, it’s all ours”

Author — The MLG

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Construction to fix the local freeways takes decades, but china can build an island in two years, lol

Author — C Martinez

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We are all going to laugh when the earthquakes and volcanoes cause massive waves.

Author — Barry Wind

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for Filipinos, those islands are nothing compared to Basketball and Beauty Pageants victories.

Author — karl sebastien del mar

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The ASEAN is just chillin and china comes in

Author — Albert Utomo

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"Using a strategy that they've deemed, the Cabbage Strategy."


i'm sorry, *what*

Author — Kaitlyn Z