Can the dispute in the South China Sea escalate into a full-blown war?

Can the dispute in the South China Sea escalate into a full-blown war?


For several years now, the South China Sea has appeared to be a bone of contention. After China militarized some man-made islands in the region to assert its claim to the waterway, several countries around the world appear to have made concerted efforts to push the Chinese back.

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For several years now, the South China Sea has appeared to be a bone of contention. After China militarized some man-made islands in the region to assert its claim to the waterway, several countries around the world appear to have made concerted efforts to push the Chinese back.

Be it the formation of the Quad or the Aukus, the focus of the great powers in the region was on keeping an eye on the increasingly aggressive China.

Under the name of “freedom of navigation”, the USA, Great Britain and other countries have sent their warships to the region as a show of force, but with little or no effect on the enemy China. They regularly cross the area to demonstrate the right to sail through so-called international waters. It just seems to have made Beijing more aggressive.

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China has militarized the region by allegedly stationing anti-ship cruise missiles, anti-aircraft guns, surface-to-air missiles and electronic jamming devices on the controversial man-made islands in the South China Sea.

It also built runways and ports, cables for housing military aircraft and warships. The deployment of missiles has effectively brought the entire South China Sea within range of the military.

The Chinese are also conducting military exercises in the region. They have made every effort to protect the occupation of these islands. Because of this, it has sent its ships into the area in large numbers either to terrorize other navies or to sink the fishing vessels to prevent people from venturing into the area.

The actions of China on the busy shipping lane, contested by several countries, raised many eyebrows.

China has fought with ASEAN countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei over the resource-rich South China Sea in a bitter territorial dispute that has flared up again and again for decades.

China and Taiwan claim most of the sea, which runs about $ 5 trillion in maritime trade every year, while the other countries also have competing claims.

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The Chinese have the upper hand in this area as the other plaintiffs, such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, are not as powerful as China, and they also have a vital economic relationship with Beijing that they cannot afford to jeopardize.

These factors have worked in favor of the Chinese. But it has also caused sleepless nights to some in other parts of the world.

It has also forced Britain to change its foreign policy and focus on the Indo-Pacific. India did the same.

The current situation is such that a small clash can at any time lead to an all-out war, as none of the parties to the dispute appear to be in the mood to de-escalate easily. Only time will tell what will happen in the future.

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