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(Opinion) Why Kissinger's South China Sea Approach Won't Work

2015-04-07 08:50:33       source:The Diplomat

By Prashanth Parameswaran


April 7, 2015


"Late last month, media outlets reported that Henry Kissinger, America's prominent former secretary of state, had said that the U.S. and China should look to the example of Deng Xiaoping when it comes to defusing China's disputes with other claimants in the South China Sea.


"Deng Xiaoping dealt with some of his problems by saying not every problem needs to be solved in the existing generation," Kissinger said in Singapore, where he attended Lee Kuan Yew's funeral. "Let's perhaps wait for another generation but let's not make it worse."


Applied to the South China Sea, that might mean shelving knotty issues surrounding territorial and maritime claims for now and perhaps even focusing on joint development."


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