US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pledged to support China’s rival claimants in the South China Sea. Photo: AFPUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pledged to support China’s rival claimants in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pledged to support China’s rival claimants in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

Why the US’ tough South China Sea rhetoric is not very smart

  • It was never realistic to think Southeast Asian claimants would hop on the China-bashing bandwagon. With a more aggressive military presence, the US could force nations to choose between it and China, but Washington might not like the outcome

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pledged to support China’s rival claimants in the South China Sea. Photo: AFPUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pledged to support China’s rival claimants in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pledged to support China’s rival claimants in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
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