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 Post subject: ASEAN - calmer waters not well received by some members
PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 2:13 am 

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The Philippines which has clashed with China has disappointed many when it takes a conciliatory stand by word and action.

Everyone knows that every other claimant state has been building up in the Spratlys to stake their claims for decades. It was only recently that China had the means and motivation from external factors to step up construction at exponential scales that surprised some who do not understand geopolitics.

This article can be said to be quite representative the more unfriendly voices in certain countries. I am just surprised that a scholar produces reactive and shallow observations. Not much to offer than repeating layman complaints devoid of deeper strategic perspective.

Many parts of the world have been living in the US shadow for a long time and are not used to one of their own catching up. Confrontation between China and the US is destabilising for the region.

Emotions run higher than rationality. What is the meaning of trust?

 Post subject: Re: ASEAN - calmer waters not well received by some members
PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 8:43 pm 
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