Remembering 2016 World News: China South Sea troubles

Rising tensions in the South China Sea

 (Cao Jun / Los Angeles Times)
(Cao Jun / Los Angeles Times)

When Chinese customers begin boycotting Kentucky Fried Chicken , it’s a sign that an international dispute has hit home. And that is what happened at a KFC outlet in Tangshan, China, in July, as tensions spiked between the United States and China over maritime rights in the South China Sea .

Put simply, China claims maritime territory it doesn’t own — at least, an international court says it doesn’t. Countries throughout the part of Asia continued to dispute China’s claims, and they are backed by the U.S. Political tensions continued throughout the year . As for the chicken? That’s just collateral damage.

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