This book is a comprehensive political study of the South China Sea (SCS) disputes. With over US $5 trillion worth of trade passing through it every year and a history of military flashpoints, the SCS is invariably a hotbed of great power rivalry.
- Traces the history of the disputes from the 19th century until recent developments;
- Examines recent arbitrations including the ruling on the case filed by the Philippines at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at the Hague, the Netherlands;
- Studies these disputes in a theoretical framework, utilising international relations theories, particularly realism, liberalism and constructivism;
- Explores how the ASEAN states approach the SCS disputes, and analyses dispute settlement under international law.
Drawing on extensive fieldwork and interviews with experts and those directly involved with the disputes, this book is indispensable for students and researchers of maritime studies, security studies, politics and international relations, geopolitics and Asian studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. A General Overview of the Disputes 2. China’s Claim and Activities 3. Other Claimant States and ASEAN’s Challenges 4. The July 2016 Arbitral Tribunal Award 5. The Role of the United States and Others Conclusions
Nehginpao Kipgen is Associate Professor, Assistant Dean (International Collaboration) and Executive Director of Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Jindal School of International Affairs, O.P. Jindal Global University. He is the author of various books and peer-reviewed academic articles published in journals such as Social Research, International Studies, International Journal on World Peace, World Affairs, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Ethnopolitics, India Review, Strategic Analysis, South Asia Research, Indian Journal of Political Science, Economic and Political Weekly, Asian Profile, and Asian Affairs. He has published over 190 articles in leading international newspapers and magazines in five continents: Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America.