Explosive Status Quo in the South China Sea
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  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    “As the Eurasia Group’s Michal Meidan observes, these rivalries don’t make for a tidy morality play with China playing the part of the villain:”

    I disagree; China is the Villain with unjustified border disputes with all its neighbors including North Korea. The US should be using this to maximum effect, to gain closer association economically, culturally, and militarily with all of those facing the Chinese threat. That the Obama administration is moving so timidly, when faced with such an incredible opportunity, just goes to show how incompetent and cowardly they are. China is making a huge mistake, and the US should be making them pay full price for it.

  • BD

    Are the red circles indicative of the dispute areas? If so, I don’t see how China has any claim, just as a geographic matter, to three of them.

  • Kris

    “Meidan is confident that the tension will not explode into outright conflict. China, she says, recognizes that the more it tries to assert its claims to the disputed waters, the more it pushes countries like the Philippines and Vietnam into the welcoming arms of Washington. ”

    Which is why China has been soft-pedaling so.

    [email protected], surely you’re not assigning China the role of the villain?! All these islands are rightfully Chinese, just like Andalusia is rightfully Muslim!

    [/sarc]

  • Crocodile Chuck

    This so-called ‘issue’ has been bouncing around for the last twenty five years, with the pot periodically stirred in the ’90’s by (now defunct) Asian Week.

    The funniest thing about this post is the perceived need for ‘labelling’ of specific Asian sovereigns. Such a look-in on the geographic knowledge of Americans!

  • John

    Dokdo Island is a passionate issue in Korea.

    See, e.g., http://english.chosun.com/svc/view.html?contid=2012080900534&catid=C&num=0

    The divisions this reinforces between Korea and Japan are unfortunate, for them, and for us, but are good news for China’s “divide and (metaphorically?) conquer” strategy.

  • dearieme

    “the South China Sea, one of the world’s vital shipping lanes”: you really should be capable of distinguishing a sea from a lane.

    “In this complex strategic environment”: what’s complex about it? China plans to steal sea bed from the metaphorical Red Indians, Mexicans and Hawaiians – surely the USA doesn’t find that complex?

    “American efforts to foster peace and stability in the region”: and they say that Americans don’t “do” irony.

  • Luke Lea

    This may be a case of the biggest guy wins.

  • “Let the wookie win”

  • Kris

    [email protected]: “The funniest thing about this post is the perceived need for ‘labelling’ of specific Asian sovereigns.”

    Well, not precisely. The funniest part is the perceived need for a map. Surely none of us edumacated people need it!

    [/sarc]

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