Amid South China Sea tensions, Chinese army training hard under Xi Jinping to win wars

Judges at an arbitration tribunal in The Hague on Tuesday rejected China’s claims to economic rights across large swathes of the in a ruling that will be claimed as a victory by the Philippines. Here is what the dispute was all about:

What is the dispute about?

Approximately 3.5 million square km area of the South China Sea has been under dispute as China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have all claimed sovereignty over this territory. This area of the sea is rich in oil and gas fields.

China has backed its territorial claim by building on these islands and running naval patrols near them. While the US says it is not taking any side in the argument, it has sent military ships and planes to the area, which has irked China.

Both China and the US have accused each other of “militarising” the South China Sea.

What does China say?

China claims the waters saying the area is within its “nine-dash line”, which extends hundreds of miles to the south and east of its island province of Hainan. Nine-dash lines are the dashes that demarcate virtually all of the South China Sea as Chinese territory, under the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Seas, or UNCLOS.

China has been taking what analysts say are “passive-aggressive” steps, which is to

Article source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/Amid-South-China-Sea-tensions-Chinese-army-training-hard-under-Xi-Jinping-to-win-wars/articleshow/53466258.cms

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