The South China Sea dispute

The SCS dispute is not only between China and the US:

Not only China build bases on islands in the SCS:

Who did it first?

Swallow Reef, known now as Pulau Layang-Layang;

Reclamations started in the1980s to create a naval base.
According to a former Malaysian Navy Commander I worked with they had found a rock that was above water at HW and thus qualified as an island by UNCLOS and claimed it for Malaysia.
It still have legall status as “Rock”:
Swallow Reef | Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (

Now with an airport and a well known dive resort: