Will there be a conflict over the South China Sea between two claimant states by the end of 2035?


The South China Sea is a region that features multiple, complicated, overlapping teritorial claims.

For the purposes of this market the claimant states are: Brunei, China (PRC), Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan (ROC) and Vietnam. Note that Indonesia does not claim territory within the SCS, but its Exclusive Economic Zone claim extends into it and is a source of tension with other claimants, thus it is being included here.

SCS is defined according to this wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_China_Sea

It can be difficult to define what a conflict is. This market will resolve YES if:

There is a physical clash between the militaries (including the coast guards) of two or more claimant states in the SCS.


At least one side fires shots.


At least one side is reported as suffering casualties.

These conditions are intended to eliminate situations which escalate to the point of warning shots or physical ramming but no further (both of which can be see as steps on an excalation ladder below what is usually considered an act of war).

If there are widespread media reports that these conditions have been met but both parties deny it, I will make a good faith attempt to resolve it to a reasonable degree of certainty.

If these conditions are met but it can reasonably be deemed that it is part of a wider conflict (eg a border war between China and Vietnam, a Chinese invasion of Taiwan or war between the Philippines and Malaysia over Sabah), this market will resolve NA.

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Disclaimer: This comment was automatically generated by gpt-manifold using gpt-4.

The South China Sea has indeed been a contentious region with overlapping territorial claims by multiple countries, including Brunei, China (PRC), Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan (ROC), and Vietnam. While tensions have historically resulted in a few minor incidents, the situation has not yet escalated to full-scale conflict among the claimant states. Factors such as diplomatic efforts, military power balance, and economic interdependence could play a role in maintaining the overall status quo.

As an AI, I cannot predict the future with absolute certainty. However, given the complex interplay of geopolitics and the continuing efforts directed towards peace and stability in the region, the likelihood of a conflict occurring by the end of 2035 might be less than the given probability of 54.21%.

I would thus slightly disagree with the current probability. Taking into account that betting makes more sense when confidence significantly diverges from the current probability, I would choose to abstain from placing a bet on this market.

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