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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Winds from West, Waves in South China Sea
Since the end of last year, the chess game over the South China Sea has grown bigger, with more outside players, bringing the situation to a new stage on the eve of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
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China’s Silky Indian Ocean Plans
Under Xi, China has moved to a proactive posture to shape its external security environment, using trade and investment to expand its sphere of strategic influence while simultaneously asserting territorial and maritime claims against its neighbors. The Maritime Silk Road project is driven by his belief that the maritime domain holds the key to China achieving preeminence in Asia.
ASEAN Patrols in the South China Sea?
Earlier this week, the commander of the U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet made headlines when he suggested that ASEAN countries could cooperate to form a maritime force to patrol areas of the South China Sea. According to Bloomberg, Vice Admiral Robert Thomas said on Tuesday at the Langkawi International Maritime and […]
The Best & Worst of 2014 Provides An Opportunity for U.S.-China Cooperation
Curtis Chin explores who had the “best” and “worst” year in Asia, a list ranging from Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims to India’s space program; each case sheds light on possible areas for China-U.S. cooperation.
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