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US must ensure South China Sea stays open

Obama should voice his opposition that any attempt to seize Scarborough would constitute a challenge to the peace and stability of Asia.

Senior Pentagon officials and a top diplomat representing an Asean nation in Washington confide that Asia experts anticipate a Chinese move in the South China Sea that could escalate tensions, due to the circumstances and timing.


THE People's Republic of China is headed on a tragic trajectory that should be familiar to anyone with even cursory exposure to history. Due to a complex composition of factors - a century of torment at the hands of Western powers and Japan as well as a toxic brew of