In this century, the South China Sea will become what the Persian Gulf became after World War II, and Chinese and U.S. interests could increasingly collide there, according to Robert Kaplan, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. “This region will become the center of the world,” he told a Council on Foreign Relations teleconference April 30. China, which is experiencing a nationalistic, Monroe Doctrine-style expansion, is looking to build up its military capability ...


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