As China is in the midst of several maritime disputes with its neighbors, the country has announced that it is currently mapping the South China Sea (SCS) with the intended goal of oil and gas exploration, as well as to underline its territorial claims. Geographical surveys of the area are underway.
By creating this map, China can reinforce its jurisdiction claim in the SCS, and follow up with developing resources near the Nansha Islands. China claims the entire sea as its own; Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan all oppose this claim however, and state their involvement in maritime territory.Sponsored Ads
The red line is China’s claim to the South China Sea. All the claims of the other countries are null and void according to China.