The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia
China’s rise has upset the global balance of power, and the first place to feel the strain is Beijing’s back yard: the South China Sea. For decades tensions have smouldered in the region, but today the threat of a direct confrontation among superpowers appears ever more likely. Through lively stories of individuals who have shaped current conflicts – entrepreneurs, traders, scientists, shippers, archaeologists, soldiers, diplomats and more – Bill Hayton, a journalist with extensive experience in the region, makes understandable the complex history and contemporary reality of the South China Sea. He examines the high stakes involved for China, Taiwan, the United States, Vietnam, the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia, as wel as India, Russia and the wider world, critiquing various claims and positions, overturning conventional wisdoms (such as America’s overblown fears of China’s nationalism and military resurgence), and outlining what the future may hold for this clamorous region of international rivalry.
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