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China's Naval Buildup

South China Sea Conflicts Ignited United States Pivot to Asia Pacific

Paper No. 5513                                       Dated 19-Jun-2013

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

The United States possibly would have preferred to delay its strategic pivot to Asia Pacific till 2014 by which time the planned draw-down of US military forces from Afghanistan would have commenced. China seems to have forced the US hand in doing so by igniting the South China Sea conflicts, first with Vietnam and then the Philippines markedly from 2008 onwards.

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