Why Is The South China Sea Contentious?

It is the first time the Liaoning has been deployed to "distant sea waters", state media report. Details of the location, route or duration of the drill have not been given. The exercise comes amid renewed tension over self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing sees as a breakaway province. "A Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning, headed towards the West Pacific on Saturday for scheduled blue-water training," Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported, quoting navy spokesperson Liang Yang. Why is the South China Sea contentious? Taiwan's defence ministry said it had been mon

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