Why the US is Picking a Fight with China in the South China Sea

July 26, 2021 (The New Atlas) – Why is the US trying to turn ordinary, long-standing maritime disputes in the South China Sea into a regional or even international crisis?

I take a look at the US-led effort to bring China’s claims regarding the South China Sea to an international tribunal on the Philippines “behalf.”

I also explain the long-standing US strategy of encircling and containing China, and how this outdated plan sought to turn Southeast Asian states against China. It’s outdated because today, these nations all count China as their largest trade partner, major investor, and a partner in modernizing their military and building regional infrastructure.

References: 

Reuters – China ‘drove away’ U.S. warship on tribunal ruling anniversary:
https://www.reuters.com/world/china/china-says-drove-away-us-warship-schina-sea-2021-07-12/
Guardian – Beijing rejects tribunal’s ruling in South China Sea case:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/12/philippines-wins-south-china-sea-case-against-china
Foley Hoag – Paul S. Reichler:
https://foleyhoag.com/people/reichler-paul
BBC – Jersey fishing: What’s the row between UK and France about?:
https://www.bbc.com/news/57001584
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – What China Knows That We Don’t: The Case for a New Strategy of Containment:
https://carnegieendowment.org/1997/01/20/what-china-knows-that-we-don-t-case-for-new-strategy-of-containment/5bdl?solr_hilite=Thailand
Harvard University’s Atlas of Economic Complexity – The Philippines (1997):
https://atlas.cid.harvard.edu/explore?country=174&product=undefined&year=1997&tradeDirection=import&productClass=HS&target=Partner&partner=undefined&startYear=undefined
Harvard University’s Atlas of Economic Complexity – The Philippines (2018):
https://atlas.cid.harvard.edu/explore?country=174&product=undefined&year=2018&tradeDirection=import&productClass=HS&target=Partner&partner=undefined&startYear=undefined