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[CNN] CNN 2016-04-03

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[Homework]CNN 2016-04-03

I'm Carl Azuz and that's what we're exploring first up today. Good to see you. We start by moving forward to Taiwan. It's a country that lays claim to I. Island, also known as Taiping Island which is about a 3 hour flight from southern Taiwan. It's part of the S. Islands, home to around 200 people and if United Nations court rules that this island can support human life. It could give Taiwan control the territory around it, fishing rights, permission to explore minerals around the island. There's a lot tie in to that decision. But China, which also has interests in the region, doesn't accept the court's authority and Taiping Island is just one component of the larger dispute, a larger struggle to define who owns what.   
The contested water of the South China Sea, seem from a Taiwanese military plane and this is what greets you when you land in Taiping, an island controlled by Taiwan. Taiping is a tiny island. It basically runs the length of this run way. The Taiwanese government first laid claim to this place more than half of a century ago but this is the very first time the government said the journalists have been invited to see it firsthand. And it's at a time when tensions are ranching up here in the South China Sea. At least 6 different countries have competing claims for this body of water but China claims almost all of it. And to semen Chinese claim, Beijing has been building a series of  manmade islands atop reefs and a. in a hotly disputed spreadly a. It's making the neighbors nervous. Enter the US Navy, we caught up the aircraft carrier, John C Stennis, shortly after is sailed through the South China Sea, performing a unmistakable show of US force. Washington called these visits freedom of navigation operations. They clearly irritate the Chinese.     
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Last year, CNN accompanied a US Navy spy plane that flew over Chinese manmade islands.
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Beijing expressed outrage, issuing formal protests and calling this operation a very serious provocation. So, where do smaller claims make like Taiwan fit in? On Taiping, official show off the island's chicken and goats as well as supplies of fresh water. If Taiwan proves Taiping can sustain human life, then the Taiwanese can make the case for a potential lucrative 200 nautical miles economic exclusion zone around the island.  



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