August 5, 2014

China's Epic Fail in the South China Sea

Bill Hayton, The National Interest

The Associated Press

By whatever metric you choose, China’s recent oil-drilling adventure in the South China Sea was a disaster. No new oil will reach Chinese consumers, no new maritime territory has been gained and regional advantage has been handed to the United States. ASEAN solidarity has held firm and the positions of ‘pro-Beijing’ forces in crucial countries, particularly Vietnam, have been seriously weakened. China’s foreign-policy making has proven to be incompetent. How did it all go so wrong?

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: South China Sea, Oil, Vietnam, China

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

July 28, 2014
Did China Blink in the South China Sea?
Alexander Vuving, Nat'l Interest
China’s withdrawal of the oil rig a month before schedule did not serve to show its resolve. So, did China blink? A deep dive into this question will not only shed light on China’s resolve, but also explore valuable lessons... more ››
July 31, 2014
U.S. Must Prevent Caribbean Energy Crisis
Schechter & Marczak, GPS
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Caracas last week with a new $4 billion gift for a country desperately looking to external financing to keep its economy afloat. The catch? Venezuelan President Nicolás... more ››
August 5, 2014
U.S.-Vietnam Alliance? Not So Fast
Teddy Pham, The Diplomat
The recent tactical withdrawal of a giant Chinese oil rig from waters claimed by both Beijing and Hanoi does not herald a change in China’s strategy of staking out claims in large swaths of the South China Sea that have... more ››
July 29, 2014
Welcome to the New Vietnam
Michael J. Totten, World Affairs Journal
The ruling Communist Party knows better than just about anyone that communist economics are a disaster. Vietnam’s economy has been growing at light speed for a while now. I knew that in advance, and yet it still stunned me. The... more ››