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PacNet #22A – Cooling South China Sea Competition

The Sino-U.S. spy-plane crisis is a reminder of the ever-present potential for confrontation in the South China Sea. The world has been lucky so far. Despite a stream of provocations by the various claimants to the area, there have been no recent clashes. But as the EP-3 incident makes painfully clear, there are countless opportunities for just such an incident either in the air or on the sea.