31 Jul 2014

Is the ‘American lake’ drying up in the China Sea?

Wolfgang Pape

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Following an upsurge in tensions over islands and territories in the South China Sea, Wolfgang Pape considers both the history both the history of the 'American lake' and the possible outcome of the recent claims made on this long-disputed area by the countries of South-East Asia.

This Commentary complements a recent piece written by the same author, entitled: “Care for the old rather than sleepwalk into war in East Asia”.

Wolfgang Pape is Associate Research Fellow at CEPS, former official of the European Commission and General Manager of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.