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History of the Nanhai (South China Sea) and the Spratly Islands

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Manila cites U.S. pact in dispute with China
Reuters, 13 November 1998. Brief news item that the Philippines suggest its mutual defense treaty with the U.S. would deter further moves by China in the disputed Spratly Islands.
Islands, isles, atolls & sandbars in S. China Sea
A dialog on Southeast Asia list, November 1999. The geopolitical consequences in the South China Sea were Indonesia to break up.
South China Sea * Spratly Islands
From Vincent K Pollard, 26 November 1999. Brief summary of new item that the PRC at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit declined support of a draft "code of conduct" aimed at preventing clashes in the Spratlys islands and other disputed South China Sea territories.
Rep. of China and the South China Sea Code of Conduct
A dialog on the Southeast Asia Discussion List, November 1999. Discussion of the exclusion of the ROC from PRC's Code of Conduct about the South China Sea. The competing claims to the area.

History of the Spratly Islands

Vietnam, China in new maritime dispute
In the Straits Times 24 November 1997. News item: Vietnam protests China's grant to U.S. oil company, Atlantic Richfield (Arco) exploration rights in waters which Hanoi claims as its exclusive economic zone.
The Beijing-Manila Spratlys feud heats up
By Antonio Lopez and David Hsieh, in Asia Week, 13 April 1999. Anxious to reduce tensions in the Spratly islands, Manila offers to host friendly sporting competitions on Pag-asa, the largest of eight isles it occupies.
China-Philippine ties calm despite dispute
From The Straits Times, 13 November 1998. President Joseph Estrada had sent more navy and air force patrols to Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands last week after Beijing rejected a diplomatic protest lodged by Manila over Chinese activity on the coral reef.
China Insists Spratly Islands Dispute is Regional
By Thalif Deen, IPS, 7 December 1999. Ambassador Gao Feng of China tells the UN General Assembly that a settlement of the dispute should be through peaceful means and intervention from nations outside the region would only complicate the issue.

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