The French frigate Surcouf is due to pass through the South China Sea on a three-month mission. Photo: Twitter The French frigate Surcouf is due to pass through the South China Sea on a three-month mission. Photo: Twitter
The French frigate Surcouf is due to pass through the South China Sea on a three-month mission. Photo: Twitter
Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

With its support for US strategy, France is playing with fire in the South China Sea

  • France appears generally supportive of US political and military strategy in the region, which invites China’s economic, political and possibly military wrath
  • Despite French denials, the actions of its military may well be interpreted as hostile by Beijing, and French businesses invested in China should be worried

The French frigate Surcouf is due to pass through the South China Sea on a three-month mission. Photo: Twitter The French frigate Surcouf is due to pass through the South China Sea on a three-month mission. Photo: Twitter
The French frigate Surcouf is due to pass through the South China Sea on a three-month mission. Photo: Twitter
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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.