Cause for optimism in the South China Sea – Asia Times

Attention shifted from the South China Sea (SCS) in 2022 as the world faced the Ukraine war and the Taiwan Strait crisis in February and August. Fears that a Ukraine-inspired conflict would break out in the Taiwan Strait did not materialize.

Domestic economic and political concerns, such as inflationary pressures on the economy in the 20

However, China’s maritime coercion against its Southeast Asian and extra-regional rivals continued in the SCS through 2022, with widely reported incidents involving Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Australia.


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