Can Congress Stop China in the South China Sea?

March 22, 2015 Topic: Security

Can Congress Stop China in the South China Sea?

A bipartisan effort is emerging to highlight dangerous trends in Asia—and specifically in the South China Sea. But will Obama listen?


While I can continue on listing elements of a strategy there is one thing above all else that must continue: our elected representatives must continue to press forward on highlighting the strategic challenges Washington and that of its allies face in the Indo-Pacific. While one letter can only go so far one can only hope this is just a down payment on a debate that needs to occur here in the nation’s capitol: finding an approach to U.S.-Chinese relations beyond “bumper sticker” foreign policy slogans that ensures the peaceful status-quo in Asia remain intact.

Harry J. Kazianis serves as Editor of RealClearDefense, a member of the RealClearPolitics family of websites. Mr. Kazianis is also a non-resident Senior Fellow for Defense Policy at the Center for the National Interest and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the China Policy Institute (non-resident). He is the former Executive Editor of The National Interest and former Editor of The Diplomat. Follow him (or yell at him) on Twitter: @grecianformula.


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