Boundary disputes in the South China Sea have been a long-standing threat to peace and security in East and Southeast Asia. Without agreed definition of boundaries, provisional arrangements to develop resources in the disputed area have become the favored, and most effective, solution. Therefore, joint development between various countries has taken place in the form of ad hoc arrangements with the goal of achieving positive outcomes for all parties involved.
Incorporating insights from ten authors from six countries (Brunei, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam), this book provides a comprehensive analysis of the incentives and policies to joint development in the South China Sea disputes. The authors also discuss the bottlenecks and proposed policy options.
The authors ease doubts over joint development in South China Sea disputes and shed light on creative ways to promote cooperation. The book is a key reference for students and scholars in politics and international relations, Asian Studies, and maritime law.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Cooperative development among the South China Sea coastal States. 1 From joint cooperation to joint development in the South China Sea: Incentives, challenges, and prospects for Brunei Darussalam. 2 China’s incentives and policy choices on joint development in the South China Sea. 3 Indonesian views of managing disputes through cooperation in the South China Sea and the obstacles. 4 Prospects for Sino–Malaysian joint development in the South China Sea: Lessons from Malaysia’s experiences. 5 Philippines–China Joint Development Agreement in the South China Sea under Duterte. 6 Vietnam’s cooperative development in the South China Sea: Existing cases and policy suggestions. 7 The US approach to joint development in the South China Sea. 8 Promoting business connectivity among industrial parks in the South China Sea rim and its vicinity. 9 Why joint development agreements fail: Implications for the South China Sea dispute. 10 Conclusion: Bringing political calculations back to cooperative development in the South China Sea.
Huaigao Qi is Associate Professor and Vice Dean at the Institute of International Studies, Fudan University. His research interests are China’s neighboring diplomacy, China's ocean affairs, and Asia-Pacific international relations. He has published several books on China’s foreign policy, the Belt and Road Initiative, etc.
Song Xue is Assistant Professor at the Institute of International Studies, Fudan University. Her research focuses on Indonesian politics and foreign relations, ethnic studies, and China–ASEAN relations. Her research has been published in Contemporary Southeast Asia, Asian Ethnicity, and journals in Chinese.