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Energy Security & the South China Sea

Steven W. Lewis

Energy Security & the South China Sea.

The real mystery of the South China Sea dispute is understanding why the territory inside a “donut” of hydrocarbons in oil and gas form is more important to the U.S. and China than the donut itself.

Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow, explains in “Energy Insecurity,” published by The Cipher Brief on Oct. 20, 2015.