The Value Of Relations Between China And The United States

1878 WordsJan 30, 20178 Pages
The purpose of this memo is to present the issues underlying the Spratly dispute, analyze their gravity, and provide a recommendation to which the State Department can effectively mitigate their reoccurrence in the future. Conclusions and Recommendations: Conclusion: The Spratly Islands are located between the Philippines, Taiwan (ROC), Vietnam, and China (PRC). The Spratly islands are currently claimed by the PRC, the ROC, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Sultanate of Brunei. The PRC has recently constructed artificial bases in the middle of the Spratlys. This development in the dispute over the Spratlys is a key interest to the State Department for a multitude of reasons. It threatens the long-term security of the United…show more content…
Promotion of communication effectiveness about issues in the region, streamlining decision-making processes for greater decision making flexibility, and a direct line of communication to our nation’s allies and their governments should allow effective arbitration of matters into the future. About: The Spratly Islands: The Spratly Islands are a group in many of small island chains which are present throughout the pacific. The Spratly Islands are located between the Philippines, Taiwan (ROC), Vietnam, and China (PRC). The Spratly islands are currently claimed by the PRC, the ROC, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Sultanate of Brunei. The Spratlys are themselves deprived of resources, are physically tiny with a combined area of 32km, and devoid of any civilian population. However, they possess offshore resources such as excellent fishing grounds, petroleum deposits, and if they are successfully claimed would expand any nation’s maritime border well off the continental shelf. They are the focus of a bitter and intensifying international conflict whose sources lie in the complexly tangled histories of the cold war and each nation in the region. The PRC has recently constructed artificial bases in the middle of the Spratlys. This development is significant for several reasons: it ignores international maritime laws which are recognized by every nation in the region,
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