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The EU’s South China Sea Challenge

In the South China Sea, the EU’s raison d’être – the rule of law and peaceful coexistence – is under threat.

What can Brussels do about it?

The European Union is certainly not a major stakeholder in the South China Sea disputes and does not claim to be.

  • Sophie Boisseau du Rocher
  • The Diplomat

Yet, at the same time, it has significant interests in the issue – and not only because 40 percent of its foreign trade is dependent on this free and safe corridor.

The EU has major partners directly involved in the disputes, and perhaps more importantly, it has systemic interests to defend.

As suggested in 2016 at the…

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