A crew member on the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin keeps watch during a freedom of navigation operation near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on August 28. Photo: US Pacific Fleet
A crew member on the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin keeps watch during a freedom of navigation operation near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on August 28. Photo: US Pacific Fleet
Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

South China Sea: how the US can head off an ugly showdown with China

  • Amid heightened tensions, the best scenario involves negotiations and power sharing. In the worst case, a clash leaves the region a cold-war zone, drives away oil and gas firms, and possibly splits Asean
  • Unless the US is ready for war, it must learn to accommodate China

A crew member on the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin keeps watch during a freedom of navigation operation near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on August 28. Photo: US Pacific Fleet
A crew member on the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin keeps watch during a freedom of navigation operation near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on August 28. Photo: US Pacific Fleet
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