Asia's Cauldron

Asia's Cauldron

The South China Sea and the End of A Stable Pacific

Book - 2014
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"An examination of the future role of the South China sea in international relations and a tour of the the nations surrounding the South China Sea and their interests in the region. In exploring each of these countries individually, Kaplan clearly shows where the conflicts may arise and why they will be challenging for the international community"--
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2014].
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780812994322
Characteristics: xxi, 225 pages :,maps ;,25 cm.

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StarGladiator
Jan 07, 2021

Read this book a few years back but never commented as I considered both author and Atlantic lacking, but the comment below --- and a horribly propagandistic TED talk -- and those are NEVER fact checked -- just highly censored -- motivates a respnse: to be historically accurate --- the country of China does not have that long of a history as it became a unified country after it was conquered by the Mongol Empire which unified it by force. I am uncertain of existing dialects, but recall a Chinese scholar who was teaching the finer details of Putonghua during my training at the Defense Language Institute stating that there were some 243 or 263 fully evolved dialects of Chinese --- hardly the result of a historically unified country as they became such relatively recently. Also, that horrendous TED talk female claimed in 5,000 years of China's history (again, historically inaccurate) there has never been an election of any kind which was why this commie headcase was justifying the totlitarian state and by extension, so was the Wall Street--financed TED talk show!
In 1909 the first democratically elected president took office in China -- yup, they voted for real! What frquently happens: an assassination of the intellectual driving force of their democracy --- Song Jiao-ren, founder of the Nationalist Party and father of Chinese democracy --- in 1913, and democracy began to unravel.

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dirtbag
Aug 01, 2020

Older book from 2014 but it gives a good overview of who owns what (or thinks they do) and who is building up their navy in the South China Sea. It also explains the importance of the USA continuing to act as the world policeman in the region to maintain balance of power. I liked it because he suggests it could go several ways depending on China's motivation. China has an exceptionally long history and knows how to be patient.

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1aa
Dec 05, 2015

A relatively short journalistic type of book. Most of the chapters focus on one particular country that has a claim to part of the South East Asian sea, and especially how that claim conflicts with Chinese power grabbing and aggression in the region.

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SEBoiko
Nov 25, 2014

It is not only location and energy reserves that promise to give the South China Sea critical geostrategic importance, it is the territorial disputes surrounding these waters,...

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SEBoiko
Nov 25, 2014

the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.

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SEBoiko
Nov 25, 2014

U.S. presence is needed for a free maritime climate in the South China Sea.

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SEBoiko
Nov 25, 2014

The fact is that East Asia is all about trade and business.

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SEBoiko
Nov 25, 2014

Soft power is only relevant after you have developed hard power.

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SEBoiko
Nov 25, 2014

The complexity of the issues mitigates against an overall solution, so China simply waits until it becomes stronger.

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