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The Atlantic (November Issue)

2014/ 11/ 03 by jd in Global News

China is “intensifying efforts to remake the maritime borders of” the South and East China Seas, “just as surely as Russia is remaking Europe’s political map in places like Crimea and Ukraine—only here the scale is vastly larger, the players more numerous, and the complexity greater.”

 

Wall Street Journal (July 2)

2014/ 07/ 02 by jd in Global News

The decision by the Cabinet to reinterpret the constitution and allow for  Japan’s collective self-defense is “a momentous and long overdue decision that strengthens the security of Asia’s democracies. Perhaps as important, it will force Beijing to contemplate how its aggressive behavior in the East China Sea invited Japan to take a more active role in the region.”

 

New York Times (August 18)

2012/ 08/ 20 by jd in Global News

Competition over territorial status in the South China Sea ”has become a virtual free-for-all. Confrontations over territorial control are alarmingly frequent and could get out of hand, with dangerous consequences.” The East China Sea is also the scene of rising tension. While “China would prefer to deal with territorial disputes bilaterally because it thinks it can strong-arm its neighbors,” the U.S. has an important role to fulfill by taking “a neutral position on the claims” and proposing fair negotiations to settle the disputes.

 

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