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Yun Sun quoted in Thanh Nien News on intensifying maritime disputes in the South China Sea

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“The US is committed as we can see from
statements from Washington. The question is, would ‘commitment rhetoric’ stop
China?” Yun Sun, a China security policy expert with the Washington-based think
tank Stimson Center, told Thanh Nien News. “I personally don’t think so. China
is behaving assertively in the South China Sea because it believes it can.”

“This assessment is not only based on China’s
growing military capacity, which dwarfs the capabilities of perhaps all other
Southeast Asian claimant countries combined, but also on a strong conviction in
China that the US will not use its hard power to counter Chinese actions.”

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