More than half of the world’s shipping tonnage sails through these waters, which may hold valuable oil and gas reserves. China is asserting its territorial claims here.
Beijing wants to assert its preeminence in Asia. But not so strongly as to push its neighbors into the arms of the United States.
The two most senior living leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime were convicted today of crimes against humanity, the first major convictions in a marathon war-crimes tribunal. More than 1.7 million people died under the regime.