Informed activists help improve public involvement in policy planning
James Borton is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at Yale University. He is a freelance global journalist who writes for Asia Times, Asia Literary Review, Foreign Policy and The Washington Times. He recently edited Islands and Rocks in the South China Sea: Post Hague Ruling.
“We are headed towards a major fishery collapse and this environmental catastrophe will impact hundreds of millions of lives; it’s time to act now.”
Vietnam now finds itself at a difficult crossroads between economic development that will bring prosperity to its people and conservation initiatives that maintain the rich beauty and natural heritage of the country.
The next US president must be sure to continue the spirit of US-ASEAN cooperation witnessed in last week’s summit.
The time has come to put partisan politics aside and focus on national interests.
A marine peace park in the disputed waters of the South China Sea would not only protect delicate marine ecosystems but also provide a tentative solution to a seemingly intractable regional dispute.
Conservation, food security, and geopolitics are converging more than ever in the South China Sea.