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What is the US-China dispute in the South China Sea?

A historic dispute has recently reawakened with a vengeance

By Josh Lowe  

The South China Sea is a flashpoint for regional and international tensions

Isn’t there some tension there?

Yes. The US has announced that it plans to continue to patrol areas of the South China Sea, a section of the Pacific Ocean near Singapore and Taiwan, over which China has staked a territorial claim. The announcement follows a US mission last week in which the destroyer USS Lassen sailed within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef, a natural feature…

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