Why disputes in the South China Sea are like a game of chess

Andrew Elwell

Is the geopolitical strategising and manoeuvring between nations in the East and South China Seas akin to a game of chess between two Grandmasters? It is – and not just because of the obvious Deep Blue pun. Although that helps, admittedly. The stretch of seas straddling the Indian and North Pacific Oceans has seen a number of disputes over the last 12 months between hostile neighbours wrangling over territories and assets. China, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, and the Philippines are all beg...
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