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A nation must think before it acts.
Michael Noonan, the director of FPRI’s program on national security, interviews the director of FPRI’s Asia Program Jacques deLisle and FPRI Senior Fellow Felix Chang about recent developments and tensions in the South China Sea between China, the Philippines, Vietnam, and other nations in the region. deLisle and Chang discuss the economic, legal, diplomatic, and military implications of these tensions and touch briefly upon the possibility of miscalculation amongst the various actors. They also spend a few moments discussing the potential linkages between tensions in the South China Sea and the recent events unfolding with Japan and the Senkaku Islands. Finally, they discuss speculations about the recent absences of the PRC’s president designate, Xi Jinping, from public and diplomatic appearances.
Program length: 33 minutes