Unformatted text preview: vernment has passed a law claiming sovereignty over the Spratly and Paracel Islands. 3. For the United States it’s about Credibility – within limits It is in the South China Sea that Southeast Asia’s anxieties about China overlap with American anxieties about Beijing’s naval buildup. Over the past two years, the United States has taken an active interest and position in what had formerly been a dispute between China and the other claimants. This means there are now in effect two layers to this dispute: a basic standoff between the territorial claimants; and an overarching strategic contest between Beijing and Washington. For the United States, what’s at stake in the South China Sea is the viability of its entire presence in the western Pacific. The US Navy’s access to the South China Sea is contested by Beijing. China claims it will respect the freedom of passage of ships and aircraft through the area, on the condition that they are en route to another destination, and do not conduct military exercises or collect intelligence or milit...
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2013 for the course DEBATE 101 taught by Professor None during the Summer '12 term at Berkeley.
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