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South China Sea Standoff: The U.S. Must Get Off The Sidelines

A Chinese coastguard vessel (L) uses water cannon on a Vietnamese Sea Guard ship on the South China Sea near the Paracels islands, in this handout photo taken on May 4, 2014 and released by Vietnam Marine Guard on May 8, 2014. REUTERS/Vietnam Marine Guard/Handout via Reuters

TAIPEI, TAIWAN -- Within days of President Obama concluding his recent trip to Asia, which was meant to reinforce America’s commitment there as the Chinese threat grows, China attacked Vietnamese vessels to advance its claim over disputed waters and to test Washington’s resolve. A firm, multilateral response is needed to avoid escalation and to demonstrate that China’s combativeness pushes its adversaries together and closer to the U.S.

5 things the U.S. should do to capitalize on Chinese aggression

4:08 PM 12/31/2013

China’s build-up of offensive strike capabilities and its unilateral assertion of territorial claims in the East and South China Seas are raising tensions in Asia. These rising tensions, however, create an opportunity for the U.S. With the right steps, the U.S. can take advantage of China’s overreach by strengthening its ties with regional allies and perhaps even making inroads with countries that are currently more closely aligned with China.