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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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Mark J. Valencia

Mark J. Valencia

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.