Global energy trends are increasing demands for potential hydrocarbons in the South China Sea. As the global economy recovers from worldwide recession, demand for energy is steadily picking up speed, particularly among emerging economies in South and East Asia. As U.S. policymakers look for opportunities to promote cooperation over competition, Will Rogers argues in Finding Common Ground: Energy, Security and Cooperation in the South China Sea that understanding these emerging trends and their role in the broader South China Sea dispute will be essential to diffusing tensions and avoiding conflict.
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