Security Dilemma Between China vis-à-vis the United States of America in the South China Sea
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The South China Sea (SCS) is in the interest of external powers, particularly the US. There are some difference between the security dilemma between China vis-à-vis other claimants and China vis-à-vis the US. The first difference is that the Sino-US security dilemma (SUSD) is only a reflection of wider rivalry between the two. The second is neither China nor the US defects in the SCS.
One of the main factors is that both parties still maintain the level of trust and avoid the ramification of the conflict in the SCS. Furthermore, the mounting evidence shows that the SUSD can be alleviated and conflict between China and the US is avoidable, unlike the fate prescribed by offensive realism.