US Backs Away from South China Sea Conf…

For a nation that is supposedly paying more attention to Asia and building relationships with old and new friends, the US response to recent Chinese moves against Vietnam and the Philippines has been mealy-mouthed. For sure, Secretary of State John Kerry accused China of “provocative actions” in bringing an oil rig and various protective vessels to an area about 220 km east of the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang. But this merely provided for a war of words, with China claiming it was the US which was being “dangerous and provocative.”

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