This edition: Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea And The End Of a Stable Pacific
Original tape date: April 7, 2014.
No wonder the South China Sea is important to China, says Robert Kaplan, a national correspondent for The Atlantic. It's the Mediterranean of Asia, the center of international commerce, including energy shipments. Plus, if the Chinese control it and thus gain access to the Indian Ocean, China will have a two-ocean navy, transforming it in military terms from a regional power into a world power.