A reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

As US-China rivalry hots up, what does the future hold for Southeast Asian security and the South China Sea?

  • No one should expect the sovereignty disputes over rocks and reefs to be resolved any time soon. But claimants including China and the Philippines may reach compromises and agree to joint development deals

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A reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
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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.