MUN: South China Sea Dispute
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About the Event
Our next MUN session is on the topic of The South China Sea Dispute. All levels are welcome. Feel free to join our MUN Club Facebook page by clicking here.
The South China Sea is an area of the Pacific Ocean rich in natural gas, hydrocarbons, and Rare-earth elements. Trillions of dollars of global trade flow through these waters annually. In recent years, China has made efforts to expand its influence and military presence in the maritime realm. The PRC, however, has been been met with resistance from other countries in the region, including Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Malaysia, which all lay overlapping claims to portions of the Sea. A variety of territorial disputes have arisen throughout the region, threatening to escalate into potential military conflict in a resource-rich, economically-pivotal, and globally significant territory. The region, which is currently bound in numerous defense and security guarantees and alliances, has the potential to prove one of the most challenging and incendiary crises of our time. Experts have even identified maritime disputes to be the single likeliest source of instability and conflict between China, the US, and its Pacific allies (Japan, Korea, Australia) in the 21st century. Protecting the interests of the nations and Non-state actors in the region and resolving this geopolitical contest these will require masterful diplomacy, negotiation, and crisis management from all sides.