Six countries lay overlapping claims to the East and South China Seas, an area that is rich in hydrocarbons and natural gas and through which trillions of dollars of global trade flow. As it seeks to expand its maritime presence, China has been met by growing assertiveness from regional claimants like Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The increasingly frequent standoffs span from the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, on China’s eastern flank, to the long stretch of archipelagos in the South China Sea that comprise hundreds of islets. The U.S. pivot to Asia, involving renewed diplomatic activity and military redeployment, could signal Washington’s heightened role in the disputes, which, if not managed wisely, could turn part of Asia’s maritime regions from thriving trade channels into arenas of conflict. -Council on Foreign Relations

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story using a trade dispute as your main conflict.

Journaling Prompt: If you could travel anywhere in Asia, where would you like to go and what would you like to see and do there?

Art Prompt: China Sea Trade War

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about geopolitics of trade in the China Sea and how it could impact their lives.

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