I just published a short piece on the South China Sea on the Foreign Affairs website.
In the piece, I argue that China, for now, has adopted a more moderate approach to managing its claims in this dispute. In particular, China seeks to restore its tarnished image in East Asia and to reduce the rationale for a more active US role in the region. China’s more moderate approach in the South China Sea provides further evidence that China will seek to avoid the type of confrontational policies that it had adopted toward the United States in 2010.
Read “All Quiet in the South China Sea: Why China is Playing Nice (For Now)“