How serious are China's territorial disputes?
May 16th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

How serious are China's territorial disputes?

Reports earlier this week that a Vietnamese patrol vessel had exchanged water cannon fire with Chinese ships was just the latest example of the escalating dispute between China and its neighbors over the South China Sea.

The incident followed Beijing’s decision to start drilling near the Paracel Islands, a move condemned by both Vietnam and also the United States, which argued the “unilateral action appears to be part of a broader pattern of Chinese behavior to advance its claims over disputed territory in a manner that undermines peace and stability in the region.”

What is behind recent Chinese moves? How are China’s territorial disputes viewed in China? And what should we expect next? CNN Beijing Bureau Chief Jaime FlorCruz will be answering readers’ questions on these and other recent developments.

Please leave your questions in the comments section below.

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  1. RZ

    I am inclined to agree with chrissy in full.
    Thank u chrissy for such a well thought out post.

    May 19, 2014 at 7:03 am | Reply
  2. chri§§y

    Lolololol soooo not me @ 7:01!

    May 19, 2014 at 9:32 am | Reply
  3. chri§§y

    Oh and soooo NOT RZ@ 7:03 either!!!

    May 19, 2014 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      chri§§y, and that "soooo NOT" is rather obvious to a whole lot of names being usurped or popping up lately.

      May 19, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  4. Steve W.

    China is very serious about territorial disputes and she has a right to be. As an emerging superpower, China was getting tired of playing nice to her rude neighbors.

    May 19, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • John T.

      Is there a country that is ruder than China on earth? China used military forces to occupy the Paracel in 1974 and claim the area around as its territorial water. You can use that principle to occupy the whole world, rude Chinese.

      May 25, 2014 at 10:51 am | Reply
      • wolves123

        Soon China will claim America is theirs!

        May 30, 2014 at 11:07 am |
  5. chri§§y

    Lol @ RZ you might be surprised how many people would not know that was neither you nor me if we didnt dispute it!

    May 19, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  6. chri§§y

    Lol @ RZ you might be surprised how many people would not know that was neither you nor me if we didnt dispute it! Look how many were fooled by fake Joey!

    May 19, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  7. chri§§y

    Ok thats wierd. Sorry about the duplicate posts.

    May 19, 2014 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  8. bill

    Several countries claim ownership of the Spratly islands. Let's say they fight together against the Chinese and they unlikely win, which country will take ownership then? Will they then fight each other to take ownership of the islands? Have they thought about that?

    May 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Reply
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