The most disputed territories in the world

After the Japanese defeat in World War II, the island of Taiwan went back to China.

Ukrainian territories:
In February 2022, the conflict saw a major escalation as Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Gaza Strip and the West Bank: The geographical areas disputed by Israelis and Palestinians are impossible to ignore. 

The treaty forbade countries from taking possession of any part of Antarctica. 

Jammu and Kashmir: By the '90s, both India and Pakistan had declared themselves nuclear powers, causing further tensions in the region. 

Senkaku (Diaoyu) islands:
The chain of remote, energy-rich islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

The Korean Peninsula:
Technically, the Korean War never really came to an end. North and South Korea signed an armistice, but never a peace treaty.

Kuril Islands:
The Kuril Islands are a volcanic archipelago with 56 islands, currently under Russian administration. 

Transdniestria: Russia has other territorial disputes on its hands, including a tiny strip of land called Transdniestria, which is located along Moldova's border with Ukraine.

However, during the civil war, the northern region of Somaliland declared its independence in 1991.

Western Sahara:
The former Spanish colony of Western Sahara has been in political limbo since Spain withdrew from the area in 1976.

Crimea: Crimea, a peninsula located by the Black Sea, has a predominantly ethnic Russian population, which became part of Ukraine in 1954.