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Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

To prevail over the US in the South China Sea, Beijing must be less ambiguous and more diplomatic

  • Many of China’s claims to the South China Sea are defensible, but its spokespersons have been too vague in stating and defending them
  • Beijing must learn to win by persuasion, and refine its claims so they are compatible with the international order

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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.