The US to Deploy Anti-Submarine Aircraft P-8 Poseidon in Singapore in Response to China’s Expansion in the South China Sea
China's Foreign Ministry Spokespeople Hua Chun-ying responded that China believes that US's enhancement in military deployment and promoting military actions in the region is not in accordance with the mutual and long-term interests of both countries. The Chinese government hopes relevant countries will take actions that can truly safeguard regional peace and other developments.
Beijing's claim to almost the entire South China Sea is shown on Chinese maps with a nine-dash line that stretches deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia, including parts of the Indonesian-held Natuna islands. However, Indonesia thinks that the claim has no legal basis.
The Spratly Islands is the southernmost of the four islands in the South China Sea. They also have the most reefs scattered among a total area of 820 thousand M². This is where the South China Sea territorial dispute is about.
Concerned that China might sabotage the country’s 2016 presidential election due to the South China Sea dispute, the Philippines decided to shift the production site of the voting machines from China to Taiwan.