Wallace “Chip” Gregson, retired Marine, former assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs 2009–11 and Avascent Global Advisor, recently highlighted a major challenge facing the United States in Asia’s South China Sea for the National Interest. Gregson outlined how the U.S. should prepare a strategy following the UN’s Permanent Court of Arbitration announcement that they will hand down a decision on July 12 concerning a 2013 suit brought by the Philippines against China under the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea .
For our part, our much-discussed “pivot” to Asia is incomplete. Defense and security initiatives are moving forward at a deliberate pace, but the centerpiece of our engagement with Asia, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is stalled.”Gregson outlines that the U.S. needs to reinforce our alliance and partnership military capabilities, create powerful maritime surveillance and maritime law enforcement capabilities, as well as an aggressive diplomatic effort to create a system to manage marine resources — primarily fish — for positive outcomes for the industries of the region. The piece concludes that the U.S. and countries in the region can all mutually benefit — if we operate on the same rules.
–Wallace C. Gregson
Read the full article: South China Sea Showdown: America Must Step Up to Face Off with China