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In the Asia-Pacific, China Plays Nice Because It Can

Nov 26, 2016 | 14:00 GMT
In the Asia-Pacific, China Plays Nice Because It Can
A fishing crew embarks for the Scarborough Shoal, a necklace of reefs and rocks in the South China Sea that is the center of a long-running territorial dispute between China and the Philippines.
(TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

The contested waters of the South China Sea are a geopolitical flashpoint, but for now they exist in a period of comparative calm. Following a July ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, countries with territorial claims in the waters struck a conciliatory tone, most prominently over the Scarborough Shoal...

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