Natural Gas Discoveries Could Add to Chinese Claims in South China Sea

Natural gasChina has reportedly discovered a rare form of natural gas in the South China Sea.

The substance is known as flammable ice. It is a frozen mixture of gas and water that comes from under the sea floor.

China’s Xinhua News Agency reported last week that China had removed at least 861,400 cubic meters of flammable ice as part of operations that began in February.

International observers say the discovery could give China a new source of energy for its 1.4 billion people and another reason to support its claims to the South China Sea.

China claims most of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea as its territory. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also claim parts of the area.

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