GLOBBLE PAPER 2 - Sanha Lee Professor Eve Darian Smith Global 1 31 July 2015 Global Paper 2 A century ago no one would have bat an eye at the miniscule

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Sanha Lee Professor Eve Darian Smith Global 1 31 July 2015 Global Paper 2 A century ago, no one would have bat an eye at the miniscule islands in the South China Sea. Today they are the center of a global territorial conflict. There isn’t an ounce of resources on the South China Sea islands but the sea around them are a potential treasure trove of natural resources. Control of these islands solidifies rights in the valuable water surrounding them and because tensions between China and the surrounding countries have escalated. The international community has launched an arbitration trial against China that will rule if China has the right to occupy the South China Sea and what actions to take against China if they don’t. The ideal solution to this rising conflict would be to have the disputing countries share the waters in the South China Sea instead of having one nation claim sovereignty over the entire region. The key goal of the solution is to prevent military conflict which would hurt economic growth in the region and encourage the “might is right” mentality. Countries such as Malaysia and Vietnam have border disputes with China but they actually have a military large enough that it would cost China more than it’s worth to pick a fight. As mentioned in the reader, any modern armed nationalistic conflict requires the mobilization of the economy which would be incredibly expensive. Because of this, China is more open to negotiations with these countries regarding waters borders. The Philippines on the other hand is virtually defenseless and have to solely rely on outside help or International appeal. It has been recently discovered that there could be a good quantity of untapped oil reserves in the waters bordering the Philippines. However it isn’t really
that close to China which makes claims towards the area difficult to take seriously. According to international laws regarding territorial waters, in order to have claims in any waters, a nation must have land near the region. In response, they turned their attention to the small islands and

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