This presentation aims to showcase my analysis of the current tensions in the South China Sea. My main argument is that China’s recent actions in the South China Sea represent their shift to becoming a major regional power. Over the past decade, China has developed artificial islands in the China Sea by pumping sand into coral reefs. These islands have given them strategic leverage in the region from both a military and economic standpoint. Militarily, the islands allow them to have further reach with their naval and sea assets. From an economic standpoint, the vast resources available in the South China Sea are easier to access with these artificial islands. China’s actions threaten several competing countries in the region. However, China grounds their claims in what they call the Nine-Dash Line, a historical proposal that gives them majority control of the sea. The presentation will start with theoretical analysis to assess how China's actions can be framed in the context of international relations. The presentation will also review a landmark international law case between China and the Philippines, where an international body settles the dispute regarding China's actions in the South China Sea. Another essential aspect of my presentation will be analyzing the United States and China relationship regarding this conflict. This is essential as China is attempting to push the United States out of the region and assert its dominance. The concluding part of my presentation will discuss where this conflict is present and where it is headed in the future. The ultimate aim is to argue that China's actions in the South China Sea make them a regional power aiming to become a world power.