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The Hague Ruling and Disputed Claims in the South China Sea
As a result of its expansive policy within the South China Sea, the People’s Republic of China has faced widespread international criticism for its actions in the area. In recent weeks, that criticism has been on the rise. This is due to an international case that had been organized by the island nation of the Philippines in order to bring attention to the growing crisis that is threatening to undermine the stability of the region. On 12 July 2016, The Hague decided to side with the Philippines in that international case (named the Philippines vs. China) angering Beijing by denying its overarching claims to the area. With the decision final, let’s briefly examine the root causes for this growing crisis.
The South China Sea covers some +1,000,000 square miles and is contested by six nations: the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei. The area is composed of a wide variety of maritime topography, featuring both s