TERRITORIAL DISPUTES SIMMER IN AREAS OF SOUTH CHINA SEA

China's award of an exploration cooperation contract in the Nansha area of the South China Sea has revived territorial disputes in the area centering on the Spratly and Paracel islands. The key dispute is between China and Viet Nam, which earlier engaged in military action over ownership of the islands believed to have world class potential for hydrocarbon discoveries. Those two nations, as well as Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Taiwan, lay claim to overlapping boundaries of the Spratly

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