1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of the South China Sea

Edited By

Zou Keyuan



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ISBN 9780367415556
June 29, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
512 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of the South China Sea presents a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of South China Sea issues. It evaluates the dynamics of latest developments and identifying factors that contribute to dispute settlement and cooperative management regime of one of the most important seas in the world, one which not only contains rich marine resources and distinctive biodiversity but is also a critical sea route for global trade and communications.

The Handbook is divided into six parts, each representing a focused area of enquiry:

    • History and Geostrategic Landscape
    • Sovereignty and Maritime Entitlements
    • South China Sea Policies of Major Claimants
    • Natural Resources and Environment
    • Cooperation and Institutions
    • Challenges and Prospects

Written by world renowned experts and scholars, with specialisms from geography to international law, the volume’s twenty-five chapters contribute interdisciplinary perspectives, reflecting the impact of how South China Sea policies are shaped by national governments and international organisations. As such, the Handbook provides an authoritative reference to South China Sea Studies, useful for students and scholars of international relations, history, maritime and Asian studies.

Table of Contents

Part 1: History and Geostrategic Landscape

1. The South China Sea: Geographical Overview

Vivian Louis Forbes

2. The South China Sea: Historical Developments

Stein Tønnesson

3. Sea Lines of Communication and Safety of Navigation

Sam Bateman

4. Maritime Security and Demilitarization of the South China Sea

Mary George

Part 2: Sovereignty and Maritime Entitlements

5. The Territorial Sovereignty Disputes in the South China Sea

Ted L. McDorman

6. Competing Maritime Claims and Enduring Disputes in the South China Se

Clive Schofield

7. The U-shaped Line and Its Legal Implication

Keyuan Zou and Qiang Ye

8. Historic Rights and the South China Se

Sophia Kopel

Part 3: South China Sea Policies of Major Claimants

9. China’s South China Sea Policies

Feng Zhu and Lingqun Li

10. Malaysia and South China Sea Disputes: Applicability of International Law

BA Hamzah

11. Deciphering Duterte’s Foreign Policy on the South China Sea

Jay L. Batongbacal

12. Vietnam’s South China Sea Policy

Nguyen Hong Thao

Part 4: Natural Resources and Environment

13. Fisheries Management in the South China Sea

Dustin Kuan-Hsiung Wang

14. Governance of Non-living Resources in the South China Sea

Yen-Chiang Chang

15. Biodiversity and Conservation

Vu Hai Dang

16. The South China Sea Environment: The Need for Formalised Institutional Interaction between Science, Policy and Law

David M. Ong

Part 5: Cooperation and Institutions

17. Semi-enclosed Seas Cooperation under UNCLOS

Seokwoo Lee and Lowell Bautista

18. ASEAN and the South China Sea

Robert Beckman and Vu Hai Dang

19. From DOC to COC: A Regional Rule-based Order

Ramses Amer and Li Jianwei

20. Mainland China-Taiwan Interplay in the South China Sea

Fu-kuo Liu

21. Cooperation Through Track II Mechanisms

Rommel C. Banlaoi

Part 6: Challenges and Prospects

22. Dispute Settlement Mechanisms for South China Sea Issues

J. Ashley Roach

23. The South China Sea Arbitration and Its Implications

Chris Whomersley

24. US-China Rivalry in the South China Sea

Mingjiang Li and Archana Atmakuri

25. Struggles for Prestige and Power: Command, Contest, and Confidence-building in the South China Sea, 960-2019

C.J. Jenner

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