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Sansha: Newly established city could become flashpoint for war

July 23, 2012

China has created a new city called Sansha, a collection of a few hundred residents on a few scattered islands in the South China Sea.  Both Vietnam and the Philippines consider Sansha to be an illegal and provocative formation, and it is clear that one function of this new “city” is to expand and enforce China’s claims on disputed – and oil rich- regions of the South China Sea.  To that end, China last week established a Sansha military garrison to be deployed to the region.   The US has warned that these steps increase the chances of an”accidental” war in the region, but it is not at all clear that such a conflict would be an accident.  Although it is one of the oldest civilizations on earth, China is a newcomer as a major on the modern world stage and, as new powers have done in the past, may feel the need to exert its military power as a demonstration of strength.  Also, despite about all the talk about Rising China, that nation has serious internal issues.  Reports out of Russia last week hinted that China may even be seeking war with Vietnam as a means of creating internal “social cohesion.”

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