Nevertheless, the race to secure the straits has highlighted a potentially more destructive threat on Asia's sea- lanes as a result of growing competition for naval supremacy in the region.Can't we all just get along?
This inter-state naval posturing has been fueled by the importance of the waters for international trade, as well as the presence of a series of long- standing maritime territorial disputes and reports of oil and gas deposits in the disputed waters of the region.
Furthermore, while these territorial disputes are over tangible resources, many of them are rooted in intangible issues of national identity.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Might be, it says here: