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South China Sea: Explicit Assertion by United States Disputing China’s Nine Dash Line

Paper No. 5647                                         Dated 13-Feb-2014

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

The United States for the first time in response to China’s growing intransigence and brinkmanship in the Western Pacific on its maritime disputes in the South China Sea and the East China Sea has come out with an explicit assertion disputing China’s claims of sovereignty over virtually the entire South China Sea through its legally untenable Nine Dash Line.

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