In the past two years, the political temperature in the South China Sea has changed sharply. This distant body of water, once considered on the periphery of U.S. interests, has become a focal point in U.S.-China relations. How did this remote area gain such importance? What is the significance of this region in the emerging U.S.-China strategic rivalry? Short of war, how can the U.S. Navy contribute to national interests in this contentious region?
'Respect and Resolve Are Not Mutually Exclusive'
Naval diplomacy is key in the evolving U.S.-China relationship on the troubled waters of the South China Sea.
By Commander Joseph A. Gagliano, U.S. Navy