South China Sea: facts on a decades-long dispute

China has been involved in a massive land reclaimation project on Mischief Reef in the Spratly IslandsA UN-backed tribunal is on Tuesday expected to deliver its verdict on a Philippine challenge over Chinese-occupied territory in the South China Sea. China claims most of the sea, even waters approaching neighbouring countries, based on a vaguely defined “nine-dash-line” found on a 1940s Chinese map. The Philippines, and other countries, dispute this claim.

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