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Is the South China Sea Worth the Risk of War?
The chattering classes are buzzing about the importance of making China “pay a price” for its aggressive behavior. However, the possibility of miscalculation and misjudgment makes it even more important that all participants step back from confrontation.
The U.S. Has Gone Too Far in the South China Sea Dispute
In its eagerness to reassert its supremacy in the Asia Pacific, Washington risks losing its balance amid competing strategic goals, by forcing a position that is neither fair nor legally supportable in a region far from its shores.
China’s Export Infrastructure Strategy at Risk in South China Sea?
Could China’s export infrastructure drive be at risk from its actions in the South China Sea? To win overseas infrastructure contracts, China may have to choose between a trouble free ‘going out’ strategy, and an aggressive ‘island-building’ South China Sea policy.
How to Avoid a Sino-American War
The U.S.-China Strategic Dialogue, the seventh of its kind, will take place soon amidst an increasing rivalry between the two countries. Ensuring stable peace and continued prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region will require both countries to replace their self-serving interpretations of the other’s strategic intentions with more sober assessments.
How Would You Feel If China Flew Spy Planes a Dozen Miles From the California Coast?
What exactly is America's gripe with China in the South China Sea? The question becomes more and more important as the future of the world's most vital bilateral relationship becomes more and more dependent on what happens in this much-contested waterway. And the answer is not very clear.
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Interference in South China Sea Harms U.S.
China's efforts to solve the disputes through consultations and bilateral negotiations between parties in the disputes has shown the direction for peaceful resolutions. Since stability is also a U.S. goal, Washington should stop blaming China for stirring up conflicts and allow countries in the region to resolve their own disputes.
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A Chinese Pivot to Latin America?
With good reason, Chinese leaders wonder whether the pivot to Asia is the initial stage of a containment policy directed against their country. Similarly, U.S. officials are likely to become concerned about China’s attention and investment in Latin America, not helped by suspicions about China’s intentions in the South China Sea.
Averting a Deepening U.S.-China Rift Over the South China Sea
The recently announced Chinese defense white paper focusing on China’s commitment to strengthen its growing naval power, along with bellicose remarks by Chinese and American officials regarding events in the South China Sea, have deepened tensions between Washington and Beijing. The ongoing dispute threatens to drive U.S.-China relations permanently in a far more adversarial, zero-sum direction and destabilize the region.
Risks Manageable for China-U.S. Relations
The ongoing series of high-level meetings show that, despite pressures from third-party players, Beijing and Washington value a cooperative relationship and mutual understanding that should continue to strengthen.
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Maintaining Peace and Tranquillity in the South China Sea
China’s reclamation work offshore is not threats to other countries, but will improve the region’s weather forecasting and maritime-rescue capacity. The US and other countries, as well as international organizations, will be welcome to make use of the facilities it will build, so as to advance cooperation on humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
Maritime Delimitation in the Gulf of Tonkin is Too Important to be Ignored
While it runs counter to the notion that China is “aggressive” in the South China Sea, the maritime delimitation agreement with Vietnam is important for both media and international scholars to study for a deeper understanding of China’s practice in dispute resolution.
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A South China Sea U.S. Warship Route
South China Sea territorial claims — at least in Reed Bank — is really about energy. If all sides recast dangerous nationalistic posturing to more hard-headed economic calculation, it opens the way for more rational, mutual gain negotiations. These could center upon joint development of South China Sea resources. This, as an alternative to war.
Kerry’s Visit to China
The Secretary of State deepened the understanding between two countries at this critical time, but the chatter around the visit reminds both countries that consensus is easy to reach but hard to actualize. Upcoming high-level meetings, including President Xijping’s September State visit to Washington, provide opportunities to expand that critical understanding.
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South China Sea Issue Tests China-US Relations
The maritime issue casts a dark shadow on the cooperation between the two countries in the wake of tenser contests in the South China Sea. It is time to prevent this difference from dominating the bilateral relationship.
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China Postures, America Signals
Leaders in the U.S. and China are not willing to budge from actions they consider key to protecting vital national interests: The U.S. has interest in the shipping lanes and its regional allies, while China is unshakable in its desire to safeguard regional sovereignty. But both understand that military confrontation is in neither nation’s interest, and that reality should guide both sides toward peaceful strategies to resolve the tensions.
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