The Myth of Chinese Sanctions over South China Sea Disputes

April 12, 2017

by Angela Poh

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Further study of China's alleged increasing use of coercive sanctions in its disputes over the South China Sea, focusing on two cases here, reveals that some have reached this conclusion prematurely and promulgated a "sanctions myth." Not only is further study needed, but until then, repeating this allegation may be escalatory and destabilizing for two reasons.