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By Mark J. Valencia - 29 Jan 2019
There has recently been a resurgence of romantic proposals for a cooperative environmental protection regime in the Spratlys and the South China Sea as a confidence building precedent for cooperation on other more difficult matters.
Washington DC based analysts sharply criticized the policy and actions of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration regarding China’s actions in the South China Sea, reflecting the US government concern that under Duterte it is “losing” the Philippines.
The US and China are increasingly confronting each other militarily in the South China Sea. The US is deploying new undersea drones in multiple sizes and diverse payloads. China’s use of drones in the East China Sea has already raised political hackles.
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.