Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — November 22, 2019

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US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76 (L), amphibious assault ship USS Boxer LHD 6 and associated ships in formation while conducting security and stability operations on October 6, 2019 in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP/US Navy/Erwin Jacob

Richard Javad Heydarian, Asia Times: US, China sea tensions hit new boiling point

Pentagon chief’s regional tour aimed overtly to build a coalition against China in South China Sea

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s just concluded Asian tour came amid fast spiking tensions in the South China Sea, with China deploying its newest aircraft carrier while warning Washington against “flexing its muscles” in the contested waters.

Beijing’s threat came in response to the US Navy’s deployment of two littoral combat ships, namely the Independence-class USS Gabrielle Giffords and USS Montgomery, officially launched to “bolster attack strength in the South China Sea” and ensure China will “abide by international rules.”

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — November 22, 2019

Xi Jinping Knows Whom His Enemies Are — Tanner Greer, Foreign Policy

Hong Kong’s district council elections could send powerful message to China — Jake Sturmer, ABC News Online

Hong Kong isn’t doomed, but the unrest will only end if there is space for dialogue — Chandran Nair, CNN

Alibaba: Why the e-commerce giant is betting on Hong Kong — Karishma Vaswani, BBC

What is going on with the United States alliance with South Korea? — Michael O’Hanlon, The Hill

China’s influence looms darkly over Taiwan’s polls — Bertil Lintner, Asia Times

Israel’s Netanyahu facing fight of his political life — Barbara Plett Usher, BBC News

Why Iranians Are Revolting Again — Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Brookings Institution

Iran Feels Sanctions Squeeze — Con Coughlin, The National

So long as Iran dominates the Middle East, a new Baghdadi will rise — Tzvi Kahn, The Hill

Trump must regain his advantage over Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un — Joseph Bosco, The Hill

Chagos islands: The fight over Africa’s last British colony — Martina Schwikowski, DW

More than 200,000 strike against Colombia’s Duque: What’s next? — Dylan Baddour, Al Jazeera

Bolivia Teeters on the Edge as Repression Rises — Linda Farthing, World Politics Review

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