China’s Truman-Style Resource Quest Tests UN Law and Neighbors

China’s Truman-Style Resource Quest Tests UN Law and Neighbors

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A file photograph from 2007 shows a Philippine Navy ship run aground on Philippine-occupied Pag-Asa island, the largest of the disputed Spratly Islands. China’s map claims “indisputable sovereignty” over more than 100 islets, atolls and reefs that form the Paracel and Spratly Islands, and jurisdiction over the seabed and subsoil.