On tiny specks in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, Vietnamese and Filipino children skip to school each day. Not far away, China is building lighthouses and weather stations on reclaimed land. Further north, a Chinese cruise ship takes “patriotic” tourists to a separate group of contested islands.
Adrift in the South China Sea on a Boat Called 'Wonder Boy'
The "Wonder Boy" a 36-foot bamboo outrigger boat, on which TIME's East Asia bureau chief Hannah Beech and photographer Chiara Goia, made their voyage to the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, May 10, 2016.
China’s military buildup in the South China Sea is 'beyond anything previously seen'
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. http://www.businessinsider.com/australia-chinas-military-buildup-in-the-south-china-sea-is-beyond-anything-previously-seen-2015-6#ixzz3btryFdli
Watch: China Fishing Fleet Arrives in Disputed Waters
Five different countries control some land features in the Spratly Islands, while just one state controls the Kuril Islands, Liancourt Rocks, Senkaku Islands, and Paracel Islands. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/japan-gave-china-another-warning-over-the-south-china-sea-2015-5#ixzz3btxkOKFvFive different countries control some land features in the Spratly Islands, while just one state controls the Kuril Islands, Liancourt Rocks, Senkaku Islands, and Paracel Islands…
China Builds Islands in Disupted South China Sea: IHS Jane's Defense Weekly