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RI’s position in the South China Sea dispute

  • I Made Andi Arsana

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 29 2012   /  02:19 pm

For those interested in international relations and maritime affairs, it is hard to miss the tension building in the South China Sea (SCS). Some opine that the SCS is one of the hottest territorial and jurisdictional disputes in modern history.

The territorial dispute involves sovereignty over relatively small islands/rocks/low-tide elevations (LTEs) in the region. Since the maritime area of islands and rocks are measured from their coastline/baselines, water column and seabed, they too are subjects of dispute in the SCS.

The SCS is a semi-enclosed sea surrounded by China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines and Taiwan. The region has hundreds of small islands/rocks/LTEs disputed by a number of countries. Some studies also indicate that the SCS is relatively rich in living and non-living resources, which undoubtedly adds further comp...