A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea
- Mark J. Valencia
The Asia Transparency Initiative (AMTI) at Washington’s venerable Center for Security and International Studies recently released a report of its South China Sea Expert Working Group entitled a “Blueprint for Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea. ” Having wrestled with these issues some 20 years ago to little avail, I would welcome a politically feasible solution or a pathway thereto. The “Blueprint” is an important contribution to thinking about interim solutions to these seemingly intractable disputes. However I am afraid it will fall afoul of reality and be ignored by the principals just as so many well-meaning proposals before it.