An international tribunal has found that there is no legal basis for China's "nine-dash line" claiming rights to much of the South China Sea. But Beijing has claimed that the arbitration body in the Hague has no authority to hear the case.
The South China Sea is a part of the Pacific Ocean that includes an area between Singapore and Malacca Straits to the Strait of Taiwan – around 1,400,000 square miles. It is located:
* South of mainland China, including the island of Taiwan, in the east
* East of Vietnam and Cambodia
* West of the Philippines
* East of the Malay peninsula and Sumatra, up to the Strait of Malacca in the west
* North of the Bangka–Belitung Islands and Borneo
The minute and mostly uninhabited islands of the South China Sea number in the hundreds.
One of the challenges for the Chinese government is the growing tensions in the South China Sea. China has proposed resolution through dialogue to its neighbors, but territorial disputes continue to arise. Today’s fishermen not only face the perils of the open sea, but also …
China successfully carried out test flights of two civilian aircraft on Wednesday on a newly-built airfield in the Nansha Islands of the South China Sea. The two planes took off from Meilan airport in Haikou, capital of Hainan province, flying for two hours to land …
Scientists have found that coral reefs in the South China Sea islands have declined drastically in the past decade. In some areas, as much as by 80 percent. China is strengthening oversight and research to try to secure a sustainable future. CCTV’s Han Bin re-visits …
For generations, Chinese fishermen have earned their living in the South China Sea. Now development in the city of Sansha is changing the landscape of the islands and the way fishermen live. Fishermen on Yongxing Island, seat of the Municipal Government, tell of challenges and …