As written here previously, the South China Sea is one of the hottest military flashpoints in the world, with China laying claim to every inch that matters.

Military surveillance in international waters near China, no matter who’s doing the surveilling, is provocative.

So here’s a handy tool—appropriately called Flashpoints—from the Center for a New American Security to keep an eye on things from afar. It’s not in real-time, but its CNAS promises to keep it current. As a bonus, the interactive map and timeline show major incidents since the mid-1950s.

From the website: The Flashpoints Project makes available major new reports and other relevant research on the security of the South and East China Seas. Periodic bulletins will highlight individual issues and add new information for Flashpoint users. The Flashpoints portal will evolve and grow, aiming to provide the most authoritative information available on security in the South and East China Seas. Flashpoints, which is underwritten in large part by the Smith Richardson Foundation, is a project within the Asia-Pacific Security Program of CNAS.

Go to Flashpoints now to find out things like when and where “an unidentified Chinese vessel hails an Indian naval ship in international waters and demands an explanation for its presence near Vietnam after the Indian ship makes a scheduled port call in Vietnam.”

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Ray Kwong is senior advisor to the USC US-China Institute, a charter member of the Asian International Business Advisory Group, a Forbes contributing writer and columnist for the Hong Kong Economic Journal. He is currently facilitating talks between China and U.S. interests on such matters as clean energy economics, nanotechnology and commercial aerospace. While it sounds way cooler than it really is, he is also a member of the Bloomberg BusinessWeek Market Advisory Board and the McKinsey Quarterly Executive Panel. You can follow him on Twitter @raykwong. Eyeball Ray's posts from Forbes ChinaTalk.
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