Yet, despite this diplomatic windfall, the U.
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To be sure, the Trump-led U. This action set a dangerous precedent in international relations. In the South China Sea, rather than openly declare an ADIZ, China will likely seek to enforce one by gradually establishing concentric circles of air control — but only after it has deployed sufficient military assets there and further consolidated its hold. It has already set up an interconnected array of radar, electronic-attack facilities, missile batteries and airfields on the disputed Spratly Islands.
And by turning artificial islands into military bases, it has virtually established permanent aircraft carriers whose role extends to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific. Unless the U. The Philippines, for example, is at serious risk of wilting under Chinese pressure.
Tensions in the South China Sea
Prevented by Chinese military threats from tapping energy resources in an area of seabed known as Reed Bank, which is located close the Philippine coast, Manila seems willing to enter into a deal with Beijing to equally share the output from a joint gas project there. Under the international arbitration ruling, the Philippines have exclusive rights to Reed Bank. But with China trashing the ruling in the absence of an international enforcement mechanism, the message to Manila is that might makes right.
Left with no other option, Manila appears ready to offer Beijing half of the gas production, but no sovereign rights. The logic behind such a prospective offer is that any Western oil giant, if it developed Reed Bank, would take about 50 percent of the output as its share.
U.S. South China Sea policy after the ruling: Opportunities and challenges
But such a Philippine deal would encourage China to seek similar concessions with other claimant-states, effectively blocking out Western oil firms from the South China Sea. In fact, the South China Sea has become central to the wider geopolitics, balance of power and maritime order.
Cooperation from Strength: The United States, China and the South China Sea
What we get wrong about UFOs If you're reluctant to believe the latest round of media claims that alien spacecraft are lurking around our airspace and surprising U. Though the United States will remain at the top of the international hierarchy for the foreseeable future, it is undoubtedly experiencing relative decline, while China is indisputably on the rise.
In its approach to China over the past few decades, U. Many great powers throughout history have let fixations about national prestige thrust them into destructive wars.
Though less than perfect, the bilateral economic relationship has been immensely beneficial to both sides. However, the U. The cutthroat geopolitical undertones of the so-called Pivot to Asia were lost on no one.
Rising powers must be managed carefully.