April 29, 2012

Nine Dragons Stirring Up the Sea

Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

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Much attention has been focused on China’s confrontational actions and attitudes in the South China Sea. Less attention is given to the internal political dynamics that shape these actions and attitudes. A report released this week by the International Crisis Group lays bare the competition between government agencies within China for influence in the South China Sea, perhaps for the first time.

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TAGGED: Asia, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, South China Sea, Philippines


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