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    Which words did the speaker say in this video?

    In a video on Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N9m0wZ14GQ at 9:39, the speaker said the following line:
    There's one view, for example, of the South China Sea that one reason why China is very resistant to international disputes settlement in the South China Sea is that it would prefer to resolve these things bilaterally, with a _____ quite different.

    However, there's one phrase corresponding to the blank above that I can't make out. Could anyone help me please?
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    Re: Which words did the speaker say in this video?

    "... with a power dynamic that's quite different."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which words did the speaker say in this video?

    Quote Originally Posted by khanhhung2512 View Post
    In a video on Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N9m0wZ14GQ at 9:39, the speaker said the following line:
    There's one view, for example, of the South China Sea that one reason why China is very resistant to international dispute settlement in the South China Sea is that it would prefer to resolve these things bilaterally, where the power dynamic is quite different.

    However, there's one phrase corresponding to the blank above that I can't make out. Could anyone help me please?
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    You're welcome!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Which words did the speaker say in this video?

    I'd go with Charlie Bernstein's on this one.

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    Re: Which words did the speaker say in this video?

    It's definitely "with a power dynamic that's", which also makes more sense than Charlie's suggestion.

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    Re: Which words did the speaker say in this video?

    That was my initial thought. But when I try and use some technique -- that is, slowing down the sound -- I cannot hear 'that' at all.

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    Re: Which words did the speaker say in this video?

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    It's definitely "with a power dynamic that's", which also makes more sense than Charlie's suggestion.
    They both make sense and mean the same thing. He's using the word "where" in the sense of "in which."

    So for Khanhhung's purposes, it doesn't matter.
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    Re: Which words did the speaker say in this video?

    There's one view, for example, of the South China Sea that one reason why China is very resistant to international dispute settlement in the South China Sea is that it would prefer to resolve these things bilaterally, where the power dynamic is quite different.

    Wouldn't "dispute settlements" be more grammatical, although I'm pretty sure he said "settlement"?
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    Re: Which words did the speaker say in this video?

    He did say settlement, meaning the general process rather than individual cases.

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    Re: Which words did the speaker say in this video?

    Quote Originally Posted by khanhhung2512 View Post
    There's one view, for example, of the South China Sea that one reason why China is very resistant to international dispute settlement in the South China Sea is that it would prefer to resolve these things bilaterally, where the power dynamic is quite different.

    Wouldn't "dispute settlements" be more grammatical, although I'm pretty sure he said "settlement"?
    I would use "settlement." He's not talking about specific settlements. He's talking in general terms, so the singular form is called for.
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