The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (left) and ships from its strike group in the South China Sea in October, part of a bolder US response to China’s activities there. Photo: AFP The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (left) and ships from its strike group in the South China Sea in October, part of a bolder US response to China’s activities there. Photo: AFP
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (left) and ships from its strike group in the South China Sea in October, part of a bolder US response to China’s activities there. Photo: AFP
Richard Heydarian
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Richard Heydarian

Unopposed no more: Beijing’s ambitions in the South China Sea increasingly draw US attention

  • China’s armada of fishing-cum-militia vessels and giant coastguard ships helps assert claims over islands and energy-rich waters, Richard Heydarian writes
  • The US response, which now includes deploying coastguard cutters, has made the ‘grey zone’ even more crowded

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (left) and ships from its strike group in the South China Sea in October, part of a bolder US response to China’s activities there. Photo: AFP The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (left) and ships from its strike group in the South China Sea in October, part of a bolder US response to China’s activities there. Photo: AFP
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (left) and ships from its strike group in the South China Sea in October, part of a bolder US response to China’s activities there. Photo: AFP
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Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian is Asia-based academic, currently a Professorial Chairholder in Geopolitics at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and author of, among others, “The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery”.