Great Debate Update: South China Sea Is Not the Sudetenland
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  • Jim.

    The real question is, how can we keep the resources of th region open to all? It isn’t the possession of resources by one group that leads to resource conflict; it’s denial of access to those resources that leads to conflict.

    The resources of the South China Sea should be built up and brought to market by a variety of players, and all should be free to buy at that market.

    Keeping that in mind as the ultimate goal should allow buy-in from all the stakeholders here, and lead to a workable solution.

  • Eurydice

    The first article cited doesn’t make it sound as if US policy is binary – it sounds as if the US is trying to come up with a proper balance between appeasement and confrontation while, at the same time, considering the consolidating view of its fellow ASEAN members. And the final point, that the statement might not be such a strong one because it was delivered by a junior diplomat, certainly doesn’t conjure up the Sudetenland. But then, I don’t speak State Department code – or Chinese, for that matter.

  • Kris

    “South China Sea Is Not the Sudetenland”

    Of course not. It’s different. It always is. Heck, many of those involved at the time thought that the Sudetenland was not the Sudetenland.

  • bill phelps

    An USN occasional soverignity patrol should be instituted. This will keep all parties from going off hald cocked.

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