Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the Asia Pacific and the Strategy of Chinese Exp – Humphrey Hawksley



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Across the 1.5 million square mile expanse of the East and South China Sea, six countries lay overlapping claims that date back centuries. China, Vietnam, Korea and Indonesia assert their right to trade routes, deploying military garrisons to defend disputed territories while Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines resist their expansion. But no single government can face a superpower such as China alone, and as the country extends its reach, less powerful states look to the US for diplomatic mediation creating an American security umbrella that stretches across the Asia-Pacific. BBC foreign correspondent Humphrey Hawksley has been following this increasingly precarious situation in East Asia for decades. In this book, Hawksley draws on his experience as a veteran journalist to portray the region in all its complexity and delivers a compelling account of where it is heading.

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