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ASIA PACIFIC

by

Saharsh Panjwani

The Impact of COVID-19 on the South China Sea

The impact of the COVID - 19 pandemic has already changed healthcare structures and economies around the world but one of the many latent outcomes of the epidemic is upon international relations and ongoing disputes. In many cases the crisis has significantly displaced power structures in rather high-tension regions. One such case is the long going dispute of the South China Sea.

The South China Sea dispute with an already complex history involving many claimant parties has seen wide-reaching shifts from status quo due to the pandemic. The People’s Republic of China has come under the spotlight for aggressively pursuing its objectives in the South China Sea. It has boosted its efforts to assert dominance through the demonstration of hostile foreign policy by increasing their naval capabilities in the contested waters.