Territorial disputes in South China Sea
October 28, 2015 18:25 IST
Unlike most other territorial disputes, the South China Sea disputes do not revolve around two sovereign states. Most of the countries in the region have claims over the Spratly and the Paracel archipelagos and the surrounding maritime boundaries. These include the People's Republic of China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Cambodia and Brunei. Taking control of the crude oil & natural gas reserves as well as the international shipping lanes are the major interests behind the dispute in which the USA and China have become the main players.