What if the US escalates confrontation and China does not bend or back off? Illustration: Craig Stephens

South China Sea tensions: does the US have an endgame, beyond war?

Mark J. Valencia says the US’ new, more confrontational approach to China’s actions in the South China Sea is based on misconceptions and disingenuous thinking – and could provoke conflict if Beijing isn’t prepared to back down

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What if the US escalates confrontation and China does not bend or back off? Illustration: Craig Stephens
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Mark J. Valencia

Mark J. Valencia

Dr Mark J. Valencia is an internationally known maritime policy analyst, political commentator and consultant focused on Asia. He is the author or editor of some 15 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. Currently he is adjunct senior scholar at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies.