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Is the South China Sea, like Taiwan, a core national interest now for China?

Asked by Michael, from University of St. Gallen

Spanning from the Singapore and Malacca straits to the Strait of Taiwan, the South China Sea is one of the world's most hotly disputed bodies of water. China lays claim to nearly the entire sea, overlapping with the maritime claims of Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines. With sovereign territory, natural resources, and national pride at stake, this dispute threatens to destabilize the region and even draw the United States into a conflict.

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Op-Ed

Viewed From Afar

Author: Jerome A. Cohen
South China Morning Post

In response to the Taiwanese Pime Minister's comment that political critics who do not live in Taiwan cannot understand the country, Jerome Cohen argues that "foreign critics are useful precisely because their distance gives them a different perspective."

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