Christian Science Monitor
December 6, 2013
Nowhere are governments keeping a closer eye on China’s latest move to press its territorial claims (see related article) than in Southeast Asia. And nowhere are they more concerned.
“China keeps upping the ante,” says Itty Abraham, who teaches international relations at the National University of Singapore. “All the countries in Southeast Asia are worried.”
At the moment, China is focused on its claim to the group ofEast China Sea islands known here as the Diaoyu and inJapan, which controls them, as the Senkaku.
But on the back burner sit other Chinese territorial claims to huge swaths of the South China Sea, and to islands and reefs that dot that ocean to which Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei also lay claim.
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