This isn't a commonly known area of contention, but it's a potentially
big one, given China's claim to the entire Sea of China. The Spratlys
are islets in the middle of the sea, jointly claimed by Vietnam, China,
the Philippines and Malaysia.

China and ASEAN sign Spratly deal.  China and the 10 countries that make
up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations  (ASEAN) made several
important deals at the Phnom Penh summit in Cambodia on  4 November,
including a joint declaration on co-operation over the disputed Spratly

[Jane's Security Weekly]

Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

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will pick himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

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