Game of Thrones in the South China Sea: Gunboats and Diplomacy
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  • Andrew Allison

    ”China’s top leaders value their relationship with the White House most of all.” Shi Yinhong, a foreign policy adviser to China’s State Council, said that members of China’s top brass ”trust the White House more than the State Department or the Pentagon.”

    An inadvertently revealing comment!!

  • Anthony

    “A wealthy China would not be a status quo power but an aggressive state determined to achieve regional hegemony. This is not because a rich China would have wicked motives, but because the best way for any state to maximize its prospects for survival is to be the hegemon in its region of the world” (John J. Mearsheimer). Are there kernals of truth in Prof. Mearsheimer’s above assertions vis-a-vis South China Seas, Paracel Islands, Senkaku Islands, etcetera?

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    Tom Donilon is the one being accused of all the politically motivated security leaks, so the reason why the Chinese most likely trust the White House more is this guy can be bought with political favors. I don’t expect the Chinese to back off in the South China Sea however; they will only give lip service to the Obama Administration, while all their actions continue to be belligerent.

  • With or without the UN Law of the Sea, this sovereignty dispute comes down to realpolitik. That said, the US Senate would do well to ratify UNCLOS.

  • Kris

    The islands, China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told his Japanese counterpart, are “inherently” Chinese.

    That’s funny, they don’t look Chinese.

  • The Law of the Sea Treaty is dead in the Senate and deserves to stay that way. It would be an insidious infringement on US sovereignty that is against US interests and inconsistent with our representative government.

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