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This paper identifies important policy changes of the current US administration regarding its traditional neutrality over the South China Sea territorial conflict. A new proactive American foreign policy and military strategy has seemed to be effectively taking shape for this area during the last two years, which in turn have led the Philippines and Vietnam to search for new room of maneuver vis-à-vis their own maritime disputes against the PRC. Analysis of relevant events and major decision-making pronouncements test the extent of Washington’s future involvement in this maritime region amid a commitment for stability in the area already expressed both by China and its relevant maritime neighbors.



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East Asia Security Symposium and Conference 东亚安全座谈谈论会

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Author Information: Ulises Granados (MA Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de Mexico, PhD History, The University of Tokyo) was Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo and currently Associate Professor of International Relations and Asian Studies at Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology ITAM. As specialist in East Asian maritime history and security, he is author of Co-existence and Discord: Analysis of the South China Sea Territorial Conflict, 1902-1952 (Kyoto: Shoraisha, 2010, in Japanese), as well as contributor to journals, including International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Pacific Review, The China Review and East Asian History.

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