Illustration: Stephen Case
Illustration: Stephen Case
Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

US and its allies must be wary of provoking South China Sea conflict over freedom of navigation

  • For China, the disputed waters are a historically vulnerable underbelly that must be turned into a natural shield for its national security
  • Beijing feels politically and militarily cornered, and the presence of American allies’ navies in US-led operations will only exacerbate that feeling

Illustration: Stephen Case
Illustration: Stephen Case
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