Paramilitarizing South China Sea

Territorial disputes causing serious security issues.

‘Paramilitarizing’ the South China Sea

By Peter Lee

Usually, my predictions don’t pan out so quickly.

On August 11, I looked at the implications of a statement by US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in Vietnam that used a striking reinterpretation of the global stake in maritime exclusive economic zones (EEZs) to justify escalated United States activity in the South China Sea (SCS).

The senator’s gambit apparently drew on the US conclusion that efforts to deter the People’s Republic of China from salami-slicing in the SCS have failed and it is time for a more aggressive, and I might add extremely novel, doctrine to justify a more forward US posture.

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Source: atimes.com

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