On Geopolitics

In the South China Sea, Washington Tries to Balance Support and Entanglement

Rodger Baker
Senior VP of Strategic Analysis, Stratfor
Jul 17, 2020 | 09:30 GMT
Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands on April 21, 2017.

Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands on April 21, 2017.

(TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)

In the recently released U.S. Position on Maritime Claims in the South China Sea, Washington continues to walk a delicate balance between supporting its allies and partners in the region and avoiding entanglement in regional territorial conflicts. The test will come when the United States is called to act upon its more clearly articulated position on Chinese expansionist behavior....

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