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Dialogue 10/12/2 Flashpoint in Yellow sea

12-02-2010 20:30 BJT Special Report: Tension soars on Korean peninsula |

The four-day military exercises in our neighboring Yellow Sea did serve the purpose of warning the DPRK, but China is also alerted to the growing tensions under its nose. China is seen as the closest ally of a volatile country and plays a major role in stabilizing the regional situation.

But, with the expansion of China's economy and military, and the simmering debates about the territorial disputes, Beijing is coming under pressure to restrict its confidence and even foreign policy. China faces a duel daunting task from within and without about its peaceful rise.

This is a tough job that none of the rising powers could have done in our human history. Today, we take an insightful look into the regional tranformation of the geo-political map in East Asia, particularly the security assurance that is badly needed by all sides.

Vietnam starts a charm campaign by flirting with the idea of trading its Cam Ran Bay for security assurance, and for collecting very juicy annual rent. The US has built the military base and wants to extend its military umbrella upon invitation but Russia has been quietly negotiating about its return to the Asia-Pacific stronghold through a call of the cold-war nostalgia.

Moderator: Yang Rui

Moderator: Yang Rui

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