Report by Bobb Drake.
The contentious nine-dash line map, which is unrecognized outside the People’s Republic of China (PRC), has been in the news recently with its appearance on an ESPN broadcast and in DreamWorks animated feature film Abominable.
The nine-dash line represents the PRC’s (and Taiwan’s) claims in the South China Sea. These claims have been around since at least 1947 when the map was first used, but with the PRC’s increased land reclamation, energy exploration activities and naval patrols in the South China Sea in recent years, the conflict status has been ranked as worsening and as having a critical impact on US interests by the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Conflict Tracker.
Nine-dash line (red) and overlapping national territorial claims in the South China Sea.
At Nimdzi, we categorize global readiness into five pillars of intelligence. How do they relate to the geopolitical events of the last year?
The status quo for global corporations and media doing business in the PRC has been to bow to Chinese influences and censorship pressures to avoid consequences such as getting their products or company banned in the market. With an increased public awareness of this practice comes an increased risk of public backlash, with consequences ranging from public relations issues to mockery to potential boycotting and financial losses.
Ever since the end of World War II and its bid to gain independence, Indonesia has been deliberate and thorough in its application of unified language policy. Many observers would agree it has been a success, especially considering the daunting task faced by the Indonesian state. […]