http://time.com/4034455/south-china-sea ... e-dispute/But Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines all lay claim to parts of the disputed waters
What’s in a name? An entire sea, says Chinese Vice Admiral Yuan Yubai. On Sept. 14, at a defense conference in London, Yuan said that “the South China Sea, as the name indicates, is a sea area that belongs to China,” according to defense media. The commander of the Chinese navy’s North Sea fleet added that the vast waterway has been Chinese from the time of the Han dynasty, which ruled from 206 B.C. to A.D. 220.
...and it controls the most major sea lanes of the Asian east.