China is flexing its muscles in the South China Sea, a region which is strategically key and which offers a wealth of resources to whoever controls it. GIS expert Dr Uwe Nerlich examines what is at stake in this special report.
THE South China Sea is a regional hotspot like no other. It is complex and key strategically. And it is the centre of international competition for potentially huge mineral resources.[[quote]]
It is surrounded by several densely populated countries including China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia with Japan and South Korea within easy reach.
The region includes three archipelagos, the Spr...