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Countering China’s Actions in the South China Sea

For many who follow developments in the South China Sea, the July 2016 tribunal ruling in the Philippines’ case against China has become the equivalent of the birth of Jesus in the Gregorian calendar: Developments are considered B.A. and A.A.—Before Award and After Award.

In the first year after the award, compliance was fair: Beijing largely kept its actions, if not its words, within the letter of the ruling.

Water Wars

Water Wars: Jockeying for Black Gold in the South China Sea

China leverages its growing military presence, threatening Vietnam and building ties with the Philippines

Photo: Svetl. Tebenkova

This week China made waves in the South China Sea’s hydrocarbon space, hinting at joint venture opportunities with the Philippines and coercing Vietnam into shutting off the flow of natural gas within its own exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

South China Sea

Why the U.S. Can’t Take Sides in South China Sea Sovereignty Disputes, Even Against China

Despite last month’s U.S. Navy operation near Chinese-occupied Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, influential commentators have offered increasingly dire warnings about the failure of U.S. policy to prevent growing Chinese dominance in the region.

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