30 Aug '16, 11am

The South China Sea: Containing a Regional Conflict: By: Daniel E. Ward The US must ensure it is not s...

The US finds itself in the role of supporting Pacific allies to protect not only resource supply, but the integrity of allied nations and their interests. Disputed claims are made by a number of nations, to include China, Vietnam, Taiwan, and the Philippines, over an expanse of South China Sea islands such as the Spratly Islands; Paracel Islands; Scarborough Shoal; and the Macclesfield Bank [8]. Because these nations may not independently be strong enough to challenge Chinese aggression, the US must utilize the diplomatic IOP to strengthen and reinforce a coalition approach to the Chinese threat. This would not only serve to bolster allies, but to contain the matter and direct it as a regional vice global matter. This is already evident as the US has “countered Chinese pressure” by “clearly signaling its interest in the South China Sea and strengthening security relationsh...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-south-china-sea-...

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