You may have heard the term “international waters”. International waters, high seas, or mare liberum for those of you that speak Latin, are waters that are not under the control of any one nation, but are free for travel without having to get permission. Internationally it is considered that twelve miles off the coast is international waters in most nations, but there are so many disputes. These disputes happen for security reasons and can be quite dangerous between countries that are trying to make a point.
China has been creating artificial islands trying to claim the territory as their own. the United States has been concerned with these actions because of their trade routes that carry over a trillion dollars worth of cargo every year through the South China Sea.
To assert power in the region, the United State’s Secretary of Defense sent a United States Navy ship to sail within a few miles of the new islands. The entire time they were being tailed by a Chinese ship.
The President of China has claimed a right to those islands since ancient times. and he attributed the building up of the islands to China’s rapid development.
“Some people have been hyping China’s threat,” Mr. Xi added. “This is either due to the ignorance of Chinese history, culture and current policy, or out of some misunderstanding and prejudice, and probably for some ulterior reasons. China wishes to integrate its development closer with that of its neighbors,” Mr. Xi said, “and China welcomes neighboring countries to take a fast and free ride with China’s development so that it can better benefit the neighborhood and allow everyone to enjoy the good life.”
There are clearly two sides to this story with each claiming they have a right to protect their interests, but it’s apparent this isn’t the end of tension between the United States and China. As long as China grows and continues to develop and become an even larger world power there will be tension between the US and China.