The South China Sea region contains potentially huge deposits of petroleum and natural gas, important shipping lanes and fishing areas, and is subject to a number of maritime territorial disputes. This edited volume analyzes the most recent development in the South China Sea dispute looking at the positions taken by China, the ASEAN countries, and the US. In recent years maritime joint development zones have emerged as an important means to overcome deadlock in relation to maritime jurisdictional claims. This book tests the applicability of joint development regime in this region and explores the prospect of joint development of resources as a way to successfully manage the conflict in the South China Sea. Eminent scholars in the field of South China Sea studies have contributed original chapters to the volume covering such issues as: the legal framework for joint development; how joint development might work in practice; the challenges faced by and the prospects arising from joint development; and the way forward for the region.
Introduction, Shicun Wu and Hong Hong Part 1: Recent Development of the South China Sea Dispute 1. The South China Sea disputes: Recent developments, Mark Valencia 2. Recent Developments in South China Sea and Impact of US-Sino Relations on Regional Maritime Security, BA Hamzah 3. Recent Developments in the South China Sea: Assessing the China-Vietnam and China-Philipines Relationships, Ramses Amer and Li Jianwei Part 2: Legal Context of Joint Development in the South China Sea: Legal Framework, Key Issues, Case Studies, Experiences and Lessons 4. Legal Frameworks for Joint Development in the South China Sea, Robert Beckman 5. Historic Rights and Joint Development, Keyuan Zou 6. Defining Areas for Joint Development in Disputed Waters, Clive Schofield 7. Specifying Procedural Obligations and Alternative Joint Development Models for the South China Sea, David Ong Part 3: Joint Development in the South China Sea: Challenge and Prospects 8. Practice of Joint Cooperation/Development in Disputed Waters: Mixed Success Ventures thus far for the Philippines, Alberto A. Encomienda 9. Joint Development Concept In The South China Sea Workshop Process, Hasjim Djalal 10. Natural resources and inter-state cooperation and competition in the South China Sea, Ralf Emmers 11. Development in the South China Sea: Divergent and Convergent Forces, Vannarith Chheang 12. Energy Resource Exploitation in the South China Sea: A Comprehensive Survey, Irene Chan and Mingjiang Li Part 4: Towards the Future 13. China’s National Interests and the Law of the Sea: Are They Reconcilable?, Stein Tønnesson 14. Functional Cooperation and Joint Development: A Way Ahead in the South China Sea, Rommel C. Banlaoi 15. Beyond Oil And Gas: Alternative Fields And Models Of Joint Management, Nong Hong
Dr Hong's analysis of the legal and political framework of the dispute is nuances, well-thought through, and the policy recommendations are constructive. - Sophia Kopela, Lancaster University for International Journal of Marine & Coastal Law