|Vietnamese protest China's heavy-handed actions in the South China Sea.|
Again, the President of the Chinese National Institute for South China Studies, has made what appear to official statement sof Chinese foreign policy that directly threaten Vietnam's island territories in the region. Wu Shicun, who also holds the strange title of Director general of Hainan Province's Minister of Foreign Affairs, has stated that China has sovereignty over 80% of the islands, reefs and submerged land of the South China Sea, and the surrounding waters. Wu also claimed the right to control maritime traffic through the area, which is one of the world's busiest trade corridors.
|China's research facility and propaganda arm for South China Sea expansion|
|A Chinese installation in the South China Sea; no island or land mass can be seen|
The impending militarisation of the region by the Peoples Liberation Army will only increase tension, and potentially raise country risk for all countries whose national territories border the South China Sea. Any military incidents could threaten the safety and security of international trade in Southeast Asia.