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(Opinion) Why Beijing's South China Sea Moves Make Sense Now?

2015-12-24 08:43:58       source:Global Times

By Greg Austin


December 23, 2015


"China's military activities on its ocean frontier have given rise to a fear that it's seeking to expand its power at the expense of others now that it has a more powerful navy. The essence of this idea is that China's activities are expansionist and more aggressive compared with twenty or thirty years ago because it has a new urge for more territory or because it wants to throw its new-found weight around in maritime areas to rewrite regional order.


Another interpretation is possible, more in conformity with the facts, and less sinister.


China's ocean frontier has, for the most part, never been settled in the five centuries since the idea of maritime borders under international law was first articulated in 1609."


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