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Since late 2013, China has been engaged in the frenzied creation of artificial islands and the militarization of the South China Sea.In China's view, that distance makes it "necessary" to build "military facilities" on the islands.By militarizing the South China Sea, China is seeking to establish a de facto Air Defense Identification Zone like the one that it formally – and unilaterally – declared in 2013 in the East China Sea, where it claims islands that it does not control. But China's ambitions extend beyond the South China Sea: It aims to create a strongly Sino-centric Asia. Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, unlike natural islands, China's constructed islands – which were built on top of natural features that did not originally rise above the water at high tide – do not have sovereignty over 12 nautical miles of surrounding sea.The U.S. did not challenge China's territorial claims directly, or demand that China halt its island-building program.This feckless approach to China's quietly emerging hegemony in the South China Sea has heightened concerns of the region's smaller countries.
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