In a chapter in a recently published edited volume, Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China, I examine how the United States and China have managed the South China Sea disputes in their relations with each other.
First, actions by the United States and China have often created incentives for the other state to push back, creating negative spirals.
Second, China and the United States have enhanced their positions in the South China Sea.
Third, actions taken by both sides have helped to shield the broader relationship from tensions and competition in the dispute.
Read the chapter here.