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Why the South China Sea Matters

The good folk over at the Lowy Interpreter blog have released a short, five-minute primer on the rising tensions in the South China Sea:

The video is narrated by Michael Wesley, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. As Wesley explains, the South China Sea “gets much less attention than other crisis points in the Taiwan Straits and the Korean Peninsula” even though it is “the flashpoint in the Pacific where conflict is most likely to break out through miscalculation.”

Watch the whole thing for yourself. It comes with Via Meadia‘s highest recommendation.

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  • bob sykes

    Both WWI and WWII were fought over access to and control over resources. It can even be argued that the Korean and Vietnamese wars were fought over control of the seas around China and Japan. The stakes for all the littoral states are much too high for any of them to back down.

    Considering also the situation in the Middle East, withs disputes between Sunnis and Shia, and Arabs, Turks, Persians and Kurds, as well as the vital strategic interests of the West, Russia and China:-

    How can another world war possibly be avoided? Or are we on a track to Armageddon?

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