May 16, 2014

China and the Age of Contempt

D. Blumenthal & M. Mazza, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

Though China has been increasingly aggressive in the South and East China Seas over the last three years, the dispatch of an oil rig indicates a troubling change in Chinese behavior. First, the nature of the act marks a notable shift: An oil rig is a more permanent signal of China's intent to explore for oil in contested waters and therefore a brazen attempt to unilaterally define maritime territory. Second -- and more ominously -- given that the move was made right after the president's trip, there is every reason to believe that China is treating the United States not with anger or fear but with contempt.

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TAGGED: United States, South China Sea, Vietnam, Asia, China

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