China faces difficulty in alleviating tensions in the South China Sea because of contrasting mandates and a lack of co-ordination among its own government agencies, according to a study conducted by an international non-governmental group that strives to prevent conflicts.
The International Crisis Group said in a report it will release today, and which was seen by the South China Morning Postyesterday, that Beijing had shown a willingness to resolve the disputes through a moderate approach. But the effectiveness of those efforts had been hindered by the absence of an overarching policy executed uniformly throughout different levels of government.
The report comes as China and the Philippines are embroiled in escalating tensions, with Manila and Beijing accusing each other of undermining sovereignty near the Scarborough Shoal – or Huangyan Island – a group of islands and reefs to which both nations lay claim. The United States and Manila launched…
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