Spratly Islands  
The Spratly Islands Vietnamese Part of the South China Sea Islands, the Spratlys are surrounded by rich fishing grounds and gas and oil deposits. The People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Republic of China (Taiwan), and Vietnam each claim sovereignty over the entire group, while Malaysia, the Philippines, and Brunei claim parts of the group. Several of the nations involved have soldiers stationed in the Spratlys: the PRC has about 450 troops, Malaysia 70–90, the Philippines about 100, and Vietnam about 1,500. Taiwan also maintains a military presence in the group’s largest island, Itu Aba.

 States/Provinces Of Spratly Islands