High Stakes on the High Seas
Wilson Center NOW
China is asserting itself in The South China Sea, resulting in disputes over maritime boundaries that effect things like fishing rights, access to natural gas reserves, and strategic control of important shipping lanes. Many nations are involved, including the Unites States, which has enjoyed virtually unchallenged naval supremacy since the World War II era. But a rising China is investing in modernizing its fleet and flexing its maritime muscle.
Kissinger Institute Director, Robert Daly provides insight into the current situation in the South China Sea while also looking ahead to what might be next and its implications for U.S.-China relations.