China’s Disregard for Small State Agency Hampers Its Foreign Policy

In China’s view of regional hierarchy, smaller states are historically and necessarily subservient to Beijing. If they challenge or offend China, it is because they are pawns in a U.S. plot

PHILIPPINES CHINA DIPLOMACY MARITIME China Coast Guard personnel film the Philippine Coast Guard’s mission to deliver provisions at Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea on November 10, 2023. (Photo: Jam Sta Rosa/AFP)