The Eastern Sea is a large body of water with important sea routes, rich natural resources, and a strategic geopolitical position. Overlapping sovereignty claims threaten peace and stability in the Eastern Sea. Disputes over the Eastern Sea, including the Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes, have become a hot topic discussion. Navy confrontations between U.S. Navy survey vessels and Chinese ships in the Eastern Sea raise U.S. concerns about its interests here.
Issues & Insights Vol. 09 – No. 13
July 6, 2009