The PRC is in a pretty solid position, legality-wise in occupying Scarborough Shoal.
And that means it’s pretty much free to build on it. Even island-build it.
The United States and the Philippines know that.
Losing Scarborough Shoal was the price of the pivot.
It’s just hard to admit it.Just like losing Crimea was the price of the coup in Ukraine.
And the rise of "radical Islam" was the price of inserting the "freedom fighters" into Afghanistan to counter Russia.
Tradeoffs. Zbig still believe that the tradeoff that created "radical Islam" was worth it.
"Geopolitical economy." I wonder if anyone has modeled it economically. The numbers are huge and growing.
The Unz Review
The Price of the Pivot: Scarborough Shoal
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