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Monday, August 30, 2010

Asia and the Indian Ocean

China and India: Contest of the century | The Economist

And Robert Kaplan on the Indian Ocean


and smaller piece from Economist (the above pieces lend a bit of perspective)
Strategic jousting between China and America: Testing the waters | The Economist:

"Just now, Chinese diplomats, for all the talk of China’s “peaceful rise”, have weakened their case by upping the ante. In the South China Sea, say Western diplomats, China has in effect declared as its territory not merely the contested Paracel and Spratly Islands and waters close to them, but a vast swathe of ocean stretching deep into South-East Asia. Neighbours wonder whether claims will one day be backed with force. “Does the expression of one’s legitimate concerns count as coercion?”, asked Mr Yang, the foreign minister. When it’s a colossus talking, China’s neighbours might understandably think so."

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