James R. Holmes, professor of strategy at the Naval War College, argues that China’s increasingly competitive actions in the East and South China Seas are further complicating U.S. efforts to forge maritime security coalitions and partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region. Holmes outlines how the Obama administration can promote U.S. interests in the East and South China Seas and recommends that the United States continue to cooperate with Asian governments, maintain preponderant forces in the region and remain on cordial terms with Beijing.
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