Pat Buchanan makes it clear that we do not. As Pat writes, the islands are not our vital interest. A naval clash with China over these islands makes little sense for America.
Each of the China Sea claimants—Beijing, Taipei, Manila, and Hanoi—have maps going back decades and even centuries to support their claims. The U.S. can show opposition to Beijing excesses, if need be, suggests Pat, by “ imposing tariffs on all goods made in China. China’s oligarchs will understand that message.”