Wallace “Chip” Gregson, retired Marine, former assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs 2009–11 and Avascent Global Advisor, recently wrote for National Interest on China’s dominance of the Scarborough Shoal region. Gregson argued that China’s de facto control of the region threatens the collapse of the South China Sea ecosystem and raises the prospect of regional food shortages. China has already badly depleted its traditional fishing areas and now expropriates areas that other nations rightfully access.
Our pursuit of global efforts on climate change is well known. We should enlist a powerful coalition of nations to quickly begin strong and effective efforts to salvage the sea life and fisheries that may be saved in the South China Sea. That effort must then be extended to the rest of the region and then to the greater Pacific.”Gregson outlines that to counter this and related provocations demands a comprehensive strategy that includes reevaluating U.S. relationships with China and Russia and their willingness to help the U.S. restrain North Korea, and a strong, active and engaged U.S. military is necessary to demonstrate a “readiness and a capacity to fight and win,” as a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies argued.
–Wallace C. Gregson
Read the full article: China is Dominating Scarborough Shoal. Here’s Why It Matters.