February 26, 2013

China Unlikely to Surrender Asia Without a Fight

John Lee, Project Syndicate

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China's assertiveness over its sovereignty claim reflects more than a desire to exploit seabed resources, or to gain a widened strategic gateway into the western Pacific. It is also about national renewal and rejuvenation -- the core of the Chinese Communist Party’s raison d’etre. Turning away from a fight with its former occupier and historical rival would be a step backward in this six-decade-long quest.

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TAGGED: Barack Obama, South China Sea, Shinzo Abe, Japan, United States, Asia, China

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