24 July 2012
Stirring Up the South China Sea (II)
This report is the second in a series on the South China Sea dispute. It examines the factors driving South East Asian states to behave more assertively and their attempts to increase leverage against China by bringing in the US at a time when energy, fishing and strategic interests intensify tensions in the region. A hardening of positions on all sides is reducing the chance of a meaningful code of conduct being signed and making maritime clashes more likely. Claimants should take concrete steps to end the impasse and de-escalate the numerous incidents in disputed waters.
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