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Why China is building islands in the South China Sea

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China claims they aren't military bases, but their actions say otherwise. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO China is building islands in the South China sea and its causing disputes among the other nations in the region; Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The US has many allies in the region and uses its massive Navy to patrol international waters, keeping shipping lanes open for trade To truly understand the international conflicts and trends shaping our world you need a big-picture view. Video journalist Sam Ellis uses maps to tell these stories and chart their effects on foreign policy. Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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AbdulKerim (58 minutes ago)
great video, very explanatory, thank you
My good sir, EEZ is very much not the same as territorial waters
jack chung (10 hours ago)
The more united Asia become the more the West and the white man worry. The more divided Asia is the West and the whiteman will come and colonize our lands and taste our women again.
Hoàng Nam Vũ (15 hours ago)
South china sea is totally wrong name !
Icha Cupcake (20 hours ago)
You purposely leave out the real reason why it all started, it is when Obama starting its racist foreign policy Pivot To Asia, Obama’s plan was to stop Chinas economic growth by blocking ships delivering goods from n to China Obama order us warship and spy planes n submarines to South China Sea n start harassing the Chinese near its border, there was incident when China sub almost crash with us subs years ago
Shopon Rahman (1 day ago)
Great china
Tony (1 day ago)
当我们是亚洲病夫时,我们被称为黄祸。 When we were the sick man of Asia, we were called the yellow peril.    我们被预言是下一个超级大国了,我们被指是主要威胁。 When we are billed to be the next superpower, we are called the threat.    那时我们闭关自守,你走私鸦片来强开门户; When we closed our doors, you smuggled drugs to open markets.    我们拥抱自由贸易了,你责骂我们抢走你的饭碗。 When we embrace free trade, you blame us for taking away your jobs.    那时我们风雨飘摇,你铁蹄犯境要求机会均等;   When we were falling apart, you marched in your troops and wanted your fair share. 我们要整合破碎的山河,你说我们“入侵”…… When we tried to put the broken pieces back together again, free Tibet you screamed, It was an invasion!    我们试行马列救国,你痛恨我们成为异己分子;    When tried communism, you hated us for being communist.    我们拥抱资本主义了,你又恨我们当了资本家。    When we embrace capitalism, you hate us for being capitalist.    当我们的人口到达十亿,你说我们在摧毁地球;    When we have a billion people, you said we were destroying the planet.    我们要限制人口了,你说我们践踏人权。    When we tried limiting our numbers, you said we abused human rights.    那时我们一贫如洗,你视我们贱如狗;    When we were poor, you thought we were dogs.    我们有钞票借给你了,你怨我们令你国债累累。 When we loan you cash, you blame us for your national debts.    我们发展工业了,你说我们是污染者; When we build our industries, you call us polluters.   我们有货品卖给你了,你说我们是地球暖化的因由。    When we sell you goods, you blame us for global warming.    我们购买石油,你说我们榨取兼灭族;    When we buy oil, you call it exploitation and genocide.    你们为石油开战,你说是为了解救生灵。    When you go to war for oil, you call it liberation.    那时我们动乱无序,你说我们没有法治;    When we were lost in chaos and rampage, you demanded rules of law.    现在我们要依法平暴,你说我们违反人权。    When we uphold law and order against violence, you call it violating human rights.    我们静默无声时,你说我们欠缺言论自由;    When we were silent, you said you wanted us to have free speech.    我们不再缄默了,你说我们是被洗了脑的仇外暴民。    When we are silent no more, you say we are brainwashed-xenophobes.    "为什么你这样憎恨我们?"我们想知道。    “Why do you hate us so much﹖”we asked.    “不”,你说,“我不恨你们。”    “No,” you answered, “we don't hate you.”    我们也不恨你,只是,你了解我们吗?    We don't hate you either, but, do you understand us?    “当然了解”,你说,“我们消息多的是,有 AFP、CNN、还有BBC……”    “Of course we do, ”you said, “We have AFP, CNN and BBC's ……”    那么你究竟要我们怎样生存?    What do you really want from us?    回答之前,请仔细的想一想… 因为你的机会不是无限的。    Think hard first, then answer, because you only get so many chances.    已经够多了…这个世界容不下更多的伪善了。 Enough is enough, enough hypocrisy for this one world.    我们要的是同一个世界,同一个梦想,靖世太平。 We want one world, one dream, and peace on earth.    这个宽广、辽阔的蓝地球,容得下你们,容得下我们。    This big blue earth is big enough for all of us.
China pig 🐷
b2 not a big problem anyway china anf rusia can send their balistic missile targeting tge whole us in half hour.
Sam Jirschele (1 day ago)
We fought the slanty rice jews before and we will be glad to again
Knull & Void (2 days ago)
the importance of the route id overblown. You can go around that zone and Malaysia can place a deathgrip on China by not allowing Chinese ships to go through its waters and thus China has to also go another much longer route. Malaysia controls all the vital choke-points into the Indian Ocean.
Joyce Koch (2 days ago)
Submarines can drop mines in the area and make the entire region a no-go area.
Sebastian Rodriguez (2 days ago)
Vietnam and philipines should unite to China then it would be one mega super power
Kool Aid (2 days ago)
China's just a fat little baby with a diaper rash 👶
Pro Letariat (2 days ago)
It's also funny how the US can claim jurisdiction over an entire *hemisphere* (c.f. "Monroe doctrine') but China can't build some island without putting American Oligarchs into a tither. Maybe you should take that Monroe plank out of your own eye before pretending to be "outraged" by the claims of China.
Pro Letariat (2 days ago)
Funny how the Oligarchs are not equally "outraged!" at the construction of islands by that oil corporation disguised as a "nation" - AKA "Dubai."
Rich F (2 days ago)
The world's self appointed police force trying to counter a violent, baseless territorial claim by an opportunistic regime...yeh that's gonna end well.
knight fox (2 days ago)
Wall!! There is a reason it is called the Great Wall of China because it IS CHINESE.....Everything OUTSIDE of those walls is NOT China
NutNbutSpeed (2 days ago)
Why is China building islands in the South China Sea? Because they want to bully the other neighboring countries into paying them taxes for crossing thru what once was open ocean. Give it time, they will soon see. They are already pushing fishermen out of the area so that their own fishermen can have more fishing territory.
IT!MrGame (2 days ago)
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IT!MrGame (2 days ago)
nuke china nuke china
unsto pauble (2 days ago)
West PHILIPPINES SEA actually.🤷🏼‍♂️
yu Chiu (2 days ago)
To be notice. Taiwan (Formosa) isn't part of China.
tech tack (2 days ago)
You should ask why US build military base in Asian lmao
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
To protect them.
Leo Magat (2 days ago)
Why are some in the Chinese Government are stealing a Philippine Territory??? These are just a bunch of thieves (in that regard). They are not aware they are stealing it because they wrongly believe that it is theirs.
Leo Magat (2 days ago)
Why are some in the Chinese Government are stealing a Philippine Territory??? These are just a bunch of thieves (in that regard). They are not aware they are stealing it because they wrongly believe that it is theirs.
Michael Hill (2 days ago)
Judging from the thumbnail to play a giant game of battleship.
goyacc (2 days ago)
Vietnam and Philippines build their artificial island 20 years ago to start this race. Fake news media.
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
What do you know kid?
Jigar Sescon (3 days ago)
STOP the WAR... if the war might happen only the WORLD BANK can benefits all of this... consider the life of a HUMAN SHAME on YOU those people doesn't care for the lives of people... WORLD PEACE ONE LOVE
maggie ; (3 days ago)
Those islands are not their properties. Spratly is historically ours, the Philippines. They bully poor and less powerful countries--like the Philippines--and steal lands they do not own. China has becoming ruthless economic power. They are greedy and heinous.
maggie ; (2 days ago)
i am partially correct. i only focused on our country, but china mostly try to own islands all over southwest asia.
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
You are wrong. Those island are Vietnam and Philippine.
Lebron James (3 days ago)
Chinese not welcome in philippines😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡
Lebron James (3 days ago)
China claims territory because they have overpopulation hahahahahaha😆😆 #US&PH Unite
james ryan (3 days ago)
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
They are not gonna risk it lmao.
Prabhroop Gill (3 days ago)
rest in peace india, I HOPE INDIA MAKES IT IUT ALIVE
Erick Cartman (3 days ago)
Americans don’t care how far it’s from America it’s America’s know, who helped them when Japan was exterminating them , So spoils of war , just joking ,
Erick Cartman (1 day ago)
Sukensam 123 America has a reason, Just like China testing the limits, That’s how a boy and a girl act when they start seeing other people,
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
America sometime sailed their ship to South China Sea for no reason lmao
SpeedBridgeBoiii (3 days ago)
China: we are taking insirpation from UAE
Mohsin Saeed (4 days ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfDExw93p84 Latest updates on south china sea
OldbutGold (4 days ago)
Fake Islands - Made in China
zombiekush760 (4 days ago)
They should have destroyed China in the 40s when they had they chance
楊牧衡 (4 days ago)
It's unprofessional of Vox to include Taiwan as Chinese territory.
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
Ikr xD
shunye zheng (4 days ago)
DREIAN GGWP (4 days ago)
Im from the Philippines 😟 The island is confirm belong to the Philippines... Sorry im not good in English but... I want to say the island is in the Philippines
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
No that island is Vietnam and Philippine. Hello Asean friend.
Tronghung Dao (5 days ago)
It's not china sea it ASIA SEA .???
Semangkuk Mie Ayam (5 days ago)
Indonesia : yo what's going on here
Mujahid Syed (5 days ago)
USA: * sends navy to South China Sea to "defend international waters" when basically they are asserting military control over there * China: * literally does the exact same thing * USA: ThEm CoMmIeS aRe CoNqUeRiNg ThE wOrLd!
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
Ikr xD America just send some ships over there for reason
je suis Informaticien (5 days ago)
when united snake of wars talk about china
Mr Pilot (5 days ago)
Spratly island is not part of china it is part of philippines
Mr Pilot (2 days ago)
It is part of out EEZ and if you tried to look back at the old map of philippines you will find out that these islands is a part of our territory not yours.
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
No those island is belong to Vietnam
Mr Pilot (5 days ago)
9 dash line is pure hogwash
林廷州 (5 days ago)
Taiwan is not including in China's territory. There are "six" countries declare the rights in South China Sea.
Quincy Kim (5 days ago)
Sinister China is now the bad guy. China will pay dearly for its thuggery in the region!
Wallace Raleigh (5 days ago)
why are you labeling Taiwan as part of China? And why didn't you talk about Taiwan's claim in the south China sea?
GeoffreyPH (5 days ago)
china just desperate coz they dnt have much resources back home so they just bully small country...such a bully!! they even claim Ploto..wtf..hahahhaha main thing is they have to feed atleast 1b people everyday..
Dominique Mandi (5 days ago)
As i know thats named "West Philippine Sea"
QuM3 (5 days ago)
Engineering wise these islands are highly susceptible to liquefaction. I wonder what it would take to cause that to happen besides an earthquake.
caribbeanchild (5 days ago)
Say whatever you want but the piracy in the area has all but stopped.
fpstina (5 days ago)
wtf is anybody gonna do about it? Just like Russia when it annexed Crimea, against, who's gonna stop them?
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
Idk. Some Vietnamese farmer with their Asean friends.
Jeremiah Hill (6 days ago)
Damnnnnnn 10,000 ft airstips
Choi Andy (6 days ago)
Halim International (6 days ago)
Look at Indonesian Position really strategic "Selat Malaka + Selat Sunda" for World Trading ... Now The name of South China See become ---> North Natuna Island
Xiao Wang (6 days ago)
Nothing to do with USA
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
Shut up Ching Chong. USA just protect their allies (Vietnam, Philippine, Malaysia and Indonesia)
maxi goesbothways (6 days ago)
Don't you mean the West Philippine Sea?
maxi goesbothways (2 days ago)
I'd reply to you, but I sadly couldn't understand.
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
+maxi goesbothways You ever had see a Chinese gov heard about EEZ?
maxi goesbothways (2 days ago)
+Sukensam 123 You ever heard of the Exclusive Economic Zone?
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
Do you mean "East Vietnam sea"?
Jiahao Zhao (6 days ago)
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
Shut up ching chong
Emprator Z (7 days ago)
Battlefield 4
HiXaM JOCULAR (7 days ago)
the question here which should be put ,what's US business in that area , it doesn't have any issue in the South china sea you notice is China sea so china has all right to do what's lead into her benefit ...of course the answer of US anxious about that ,is wherever's exist a smell of oil at any area around the world you'll see US running as a "starving dog " toward that but the equation in this case is more complicated for US china is a superpower now so she has the ability to practice her own policy according to her interest , in addition of that ,this nautical borders claiming problem it's the neighbor countries of china concern ..so stop seeking for any kind of lacuna for spreading your western propaganda ...people around the world is already uncover your intention and replaying you dirty game anytime you feel you're in dangerous situation (frightened from china's the next superpower ) ..dislike+unsubscribed from this channel :)
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
"You notice is China Sea so China has all right to do with her benefit" You notice is East Vietnam Sea so Vietnam has all right to do with her benefit You notice is West Philippine Sea so Philippine has all right to do with her benefit
Riffy Raff (7 days ago)
Probably the edgiest Vox video ever. So much so, I can actually get behind this video. Much of the research is on point. What wasn't mentioned is that the new Philippine president has bowed down to China. We got many Chinese businessmen increasing their businesses in the Philippines. Every business a Chinese national in the country creates, is sponsored by the Chinese government. Even the old money Chinese who have already obtained Philippine citizenship yet still are allowed to start up businesses in a Communist country like China. For example, the richest person in the Philippines, Henry Sy. Or even the political dynasty, the Cojuanco's, that run major businesses in the country with little to no competition.
T P T (7 days ago)
China claimed these waters to stop US ships from spying on their submarines.
Everybody S (7 days ago)
If we Filipinos cant get solid help from the UN lol, then we might as well be allies and stick to china
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
I thought Filipino allied with Asean.
brandon flores (8 days ago)
Honestly all those small islands should join together and become a state or a nation. Bc China is heading to military action. If they become a state no one can claim them since now they are independent. Thoughts anyone? ur just nuke China might be doing them a favor since they got tons of people, thoughts?
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
Those island cant jut become a nation.
Xian Yang (8 days ago)
This video makes me feel like US is protecting the world from the conquest of China. What a good story! It should be a good Hollywood movie.
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
You are right Ching Chong. USA just protect her allies in Asia.
Freddawg Mankilla (8 days ago)
Let China be let her gain power America is mad because when someone gain power America gets weak let the giant sleeping beast awake
Freddawg Mankilla (8 days ago)
Lmao look what America is doing a wall wtf is that gonna gain lmao
Dana.k.a.bradpitt (8 days ago)
F china , they are in a current state of cold war with us anyways , if only the American public knew what exactly china is up to and doing , chit would hit the fan , immediate war.. Them chinese people see Americans as a enemy , straight up . They use us , for anchor babies , take our money , jobs , list goes on and on, if they did away with them , I firmly know the world would move on. To wrap this up , they need to design a weapon of mass destruction that targets only chinese people , maybe biological warfare.
RAI JIN (8 days ago)
china is just an unoriginal shitbag.
james chang (9 days ago)
I highly doubt the U.S will ever go to war with China. The only 2 wars in the history the U.S. could not win (Korean and Viet Nam) involved China as the supporter to the adversary
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
What? You saying Vietnam will support China? Wake up boi... Vietnamese hate China.
Rohan Jain (9 days ago)
Why tf is America poking everywhere? Can't they just keep their obese asses at bay?
godkingmaximusII (9 days ago)
The Chinese are doing what homeless squatters do in empty houses. They claim and argue about something that doesn’t belong to them. They barricade themselves in the house just like the Chinese do by putting anti aircraft missiles, radar and run strip and they tell the police to go away. Come on America nuke that island.
MrScrapper64 (9 days ago)
So only america can ignore un law?
LaDarrell Murchison (10 days ago)
Sorrow Maker C (10 days ago)
it is called south China sea, why bother?
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
+RAI JIN Its called West Vietnam Sea lady!
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
Its called "West Vietnam Sea" so why bother?
RAI JIN (8 days ago)
becuase the island is part of the west philippine sea.
TODD MAX (10 days ago)
Haha, none of the anti-China comments or media dare ever to mention: " Cairo declaration , Potsdam Proclamation, Japanese Instrument of Surrender". Their little brains won't understand why USA gov. just cannot deny the Chinese territory of south China sea.
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
Just cannot deny Vietnamese terro
SWAPNESH GHOSH (10 days ago)
Chinese government should stop claiming their neighbouring countries' territory based on 'historical' claims which date back centuries/thousands of years ago.
SWAPNESH GHOSH (10 days ago)
Just because the Chinese military built these islands, it does not give them the right to claim South China sea. Chinese military is also sending land border patrols inside the sovereign territory of many of it's neighbours including India. Chinese military has border disputes with almost all of China's neighbours, some of whom they have also invaded like the former USSR and Vietnam. Chinese government has no right to bully their neighbours and violate their sovereign territory
Arga Manjau (10 days ago)
They are genius tbh
Rajat Gawande (10 days ago)
So predictions are real...
Susan Brimberry (11 days ago)
China back off your selfish, nobody owns the islands God made it for everybody to share.
fred kostricani (11 days ago)
China ll lose the batle couse all the asian neibors are angry about chinas claiming al the sea.
Raymond Espedido (11 days ago)
anyone watching the video could clearly see how proximate the Spratly is to the Philippines and how far far flung it is from China.
Xi Le (11 days ago)
*World War 3 (trade, space, and military war) has started. Are the US and allies ready for it?* China has determined to become big empire. China is ready to use military force to invade US allies Taiwan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wzcmNUYDOk
COMBINE Ltd (11 days ago)
My father dead 91 in 2015. When I was child my father told me already there the sea has oil. I never told out till people found out themselves. Now they get the black oil. Why my father when was I didn’t try to get? Cause he is not greedy person.
john doew (11 days ago)
and as the Cold War was stared,. this one will also end as that war ended.
Daniil Timin (11 days ago)
Allies will suck it like the they sucked Crimea. Castrates.
SL Lee (11 days ago)
Obviously China won the case of building island. You can continue to cry here and there. Buahahaha!
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
Shut up Ching Chong.
Ray S (12 days ago)
This is a good tactical move by China. We should be doing the same in the USA. Why not make your country stronger ? I do not agree with blocking off other countries or stealing their territories, however
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King Aragon (12 days ago)
when i give the signs attack with no mercy hit the heart of the capital and India ground attack Japan and South Korea usa from the north
VK89000 XaLo (12 days ago)
Because the sea is named after the country.....
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
You saying like Vietnam and Philippine own that sea because South China Sea also know as West Vietnam Sea and East Philippine Sea.
董嘉靖 (12 days ago)
Sukensam 123 (2 days ago)
Shut up Ching Chong
hello (12 days ago)
All these america haters....just see what happens if God forbid America loses power to Russia or China and one of those countries becomes the world leader.....the world will hate that much more than they hate the US
Max (12 days ago)
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