Can China Defend a “Core Interest” in the South China Sea?

  title={Can China Defend a “Core Interest” in the South China Sea?},
  author={Toshi Yoshihara and James Robert Holmes},
  journal={The Washington Quarterly},
  pages={45 - 59}
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