The S. China Sea is a potential military flashpoint due to the productive nature of the area which is rich in fisheries and great potential in terms of oil reserves. China is building an airforce base in the Spratley Islands and recently introduced advanced anti-aircraft missiles in the area with the US responding by sending a frigate to challenge China's moves. There military maneouvres mig result in am accidental conflagration. The area is being contested by China, Phillipines and Vietnam. The issue is best left to the ICJ to arbitrate.