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Unformatted text preview: ssue is a prerequisite for their position. Washington is acutely aware that it needs to be seen as a reliable ally and partner in the Pacific . It realises that its armslength APPEASEMENT DISADVANTAGE
7-WEEK JUNIORS MICHIGAN 2013
CFJPV response to the Asian Financial Crisis eroded its position in Asia and set China on its path towards building soft power in the region. For Southeast Asians worried that Washington’s attention or will to stay in the region may erode, there is virtue in keeping the South China Sea on the agenda. But Washington can’t give its allies and partners a blank cheque which allows them to confront, and even provoke, China from the comfort of the assumption that the United States will back them up. And some in Southeast Asia are watching Washington’s moves very closely, sensitive that any concession could signal its acceptance of China’s claims in the South China Sea. 4. Solutions are Part of the Problem Either multilateral mediation or international law is most often used to resolve disputes of this sort – but in the South China Sea they act to exacerbate the situation. Beijing refuses...
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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 University of California, Berkeley.
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