August 12, 2012

South China Sea Needs a Mellower Soundtrack

William Pesek, Bloomberg

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China may not know, or even care, that it is squandering a decade of public-relations success in Asia. The country skillfully exploited the U.S.’s distractions after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, pumping aid, economic growth and goodwill into the void. Now ham-handed diplomacy is costing it credibility and influence, prompting other nations to rally around the U.S.

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