Conflicting Claims in the South China Sea

Taking stock of claims and capabilities in the South China Sea.

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In the fight to control the South China Sea, naval capabilities are critical. China is the largest naval power in the region, but other countries’ claims are backed by an important ally: the United States. Here, we see just how much the competing claims of countries in the region overlap.

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