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By Mark J. Valencia - 20 Dec 2018
The US is incrementally increasing its frequency and type of FONOP in the South China Sea, so as to reassure its allies of its resolve and to put the onus on China to take the risk of conflict. Employing this tactic has negative implications for its standing in the region.
By Mark J. Valencia - 07 Dec 2018
By Mark J. Valencia - 26 Nov 2018
With the exception of its attempt to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, the US’ Asia policy is mostly about China, or more accurately, what other countries can do to help it win its struggle with China for dominance in the region.
A robust, binding code of conduct for the South China Sea has become a “holy grail” for analysts and decision makers alike. Many have tried to find it and failed. The Blueprint for a South China Sea Code of Conduct is likely to fail to gain wide acceptance too.
The near-collision between the United States warship Decatur and a Chinese warship in September 2018 is only the most recent in a series of near misses between their warships and warplanes in and over the South China Sea.
The articles by Gordon Chang in response to Lyle Goldstein’s posted in the National Interest contain several inappropriate innuendos. One of Chang’s statements is: “Wars start because aggressors read articles like Lyle Goldstein’s and think they can take what they want.”
The National Interest has published Denny Roy’s critique of Hu Bo’s recent article regarding China and the South China Sea. His piece contains some unfair innuendos and errors of fact.
The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative recently released a “A Blueprint for Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea.” It is an important contribution to thinking about interim solutions to these seemingly intractable disputes.
The US has recently designated a critical habitat for the insular false killer whale, encompassing 17,500 square miles of waters around Hawaii extending well into the US EEZ, and it has placed restrictions on military activities there.