The Philippines are one country who are arguing with China about territory in the South China Sea. Just last year the Philippines won an arbitration saying that China only had limited territory around their islands in the South China Sea, but China ignored those rulings. Vietnam has also been troubled by China’s power over the sea, but recently the two countries have been trying to settle their different opinions by working together while finding resources in the South China Sea. Cambodia is one country who doesn’t mind China’s claim of the sea as much, because it seems that Cambodia is trying to get on China’s good side. Just recently Cambodia even stopped doing their normal military practice routine with the US just to do a similar one with China, improving their coworking abilities even more. Japan is also trying to solve the dispute by giving all of the involved countries vessels to patrol their waters.
Another dispute in the South China Sea is about the islands that China is taking control over and the manmade ones that are being built. Multiple countries are upset by the fact that China has put anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on their artificial islands. China claims that they are just there to ensure the security of their waters in the South China Sea. And when other countries doubt that the nine-dash line is China’s actual territory, China simply says that the line is outlining the waters that historically belong to them and that makes their claim to the sea ‘irrefutable’.