Friday, May 16, 2014

The South China Sea & The End of a Stable Pacific

Robert Kaplan's book of the same title just released 2 weeks ago proved to be prophetic as we are now witnessing conflicts between China and Vietnam over Paracel islands in South China Sea. Last night I took the opportunity to ask a Vietnamese student who just arrived from Ho Chi Minh city about the situation near Saigon where people were killed over protest against China's oil rig at the disputed South China Sea waters.
A number of Malaysia and Singaporean owned factories were also affected. If you know the geography of this disputed area, the West coast of Sabah looks over South China Sea. I could see the South China sea from my house in Kota Kinabalu, close to the areas of conflict though a few hundred kilometres away.

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