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Has the US lost the plot in South China Sea?

23rd June 2017 - 11:09 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Taipei


As the South China Sea transforms into a spider web of interconnected military facilities designed to lock out uninvited guests, one would have thought that the Shangri-La Dialogue, held earlier this month, would have put the South China Sea issue front and centre.

The area, the size of India, has been commandeered by the Chinese military with virtually no physical resistance, beyond the decision by The Hague last year in a legal challenge by the Philippines over Scarborough Shoal that determined that China had no historical rights based on its nine-dash-line map.

At the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, US and

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Wendell Minnick


Wendell Minnick

Wendell Minnick (顏文德) was Shephard's Senior Asia Correspondent throughout 2017 and 2018. Wendell is an …

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