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PacNet #37 – The Chinese Okhotsk: The Nuclear Dimension of South China Sea Disputes

July 22, 2011

Geostrategist Nicholas Spykman once described the South China Sea as the “Asiatic Mediterranean” to underscore its importance in Asian geopolitics; recent geostrategists like to call it the “Chinese Caribbean.” Just as Rome sought control over the Mediterranean and the United States over the Caribbean in pursuit of regional dominance, China seeks dominance over the South China Sea.