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