Map showing disputed island groups in the South China Sea. Last week, Vietnamese foreign ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga denounced China for sending ships to carry out seismic studies in the Paracels zone, which "violated Vietnam's indisputable sovereignty". Photo / Vietnam, US display military ties amid China tension, France24, August 10, 2010.
The following collection of articles and essays address various aspects of the issues surrounding disputes in both the Spratly Islands – the South China Sea, and the Senkaku Islands or Diaoyu Islands (or Diaoyutai Islands) – the East China Sea.
– M. Ulric Killion