Patrick Mendis and Joey Wang
South China Sea: ‘alliance of democracies’ ready to counter Beijing aggression
- Recent statements signal that the US, Australia and other countries will not back away from the right to freely navigate disputed waters
- It is clear China’s assertiveness towards its neighbours is not only destabilising to the region but also becoming a global security concern
Dr Patrick Mendis, a Harvard Kennedy School's former Rajawali senior fellow, is an associate-in-research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, a senior fellow of the Pangoal Institution in Beijing, and a distinguished visiting professor of Asian-Pacific affairs at Shandong University in Jinan, China. He is the author of Peaceful War: How the Chinese Dream and American Destiny Create a Pacific New World Order (see www.patrickmendis.com).