Countering the People’s Republic of China

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DECISION PAPER Subject: Countering the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) aggressive influence within the South China Seas (SCS) 1. Purpose. The purpose of this paper is to propose a course of action to counter the PRC’s aggressive influence within the SCS specifically regarding the ongoing territorial disputes. 2. Key Points. a. Ongoing territorial disputes between the PRC and other SCS states demonstrate a resurgence of aggressive PRC influence that threatens regional stability and security. b. The Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) is a regional organization within the SCS that could peacefully moderate the territorial disputes. c. The current fiscal environment in the U.S. limits the acceptable responses to the aggressive PRC influence tactics. 3. Discussion. a. Over the past 30 years, the PRC sustained substantial economic growth and prosperity that has markedly increased its influence throughout the region while driving its need for more energy and natural resources. The SCS and associated islands are a strategically and economically important region due to the vast amount of energy and natural resource reserves within, as well as the significant proportion of global shipping that passes through the area. Numerous SCS islands have disputed sovereignty status and after a decade of peacefully wielding its influence, the PRC has resumed its use of aggressive influence tactics to gain its advantage over the disputed territories. The PRCs tactics

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