This book explores the very latest developments in the South China Sea maritime dispute. It examines the South China Sea as an arena for geostrategic competition between China and the United States and why the dispute is so important for regional and global geopolitics. It outlines the most recent developments in the sea itself and assesses the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the current views of the contesting claimants. It considers the position of countries from outside the region, India as well as Japan; surveys military and naval developments; and examines confidence building, preventive diplomacy, and dispute resolution measures. The book concludes by highlighting the points of greatest risk and by discussing how the situation is likely to develop going forward.
Introduction: the development of the South China Sea Dispute, Leszek Buszynski 1 Four Aspects of the Crisis in the South China Sea, Stein Tønnesson 2 ASEAN and the South China Sea, Nguyen Hung Son 3 ASEAN, China, and the Code of Conduct, Carlyle A. Thayer 4 China and the South China Sea: Continuities and adaptations, Nong Hong 5 Vietnam and the South China Sea, Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha 6 Philippines-China Joint Development, Jacqueline Joyce F. Espenilla 7 Japan and the South China Sea, Bonji Ohara 8 The United States and the South China Sea, Patrick M. Cronin 9 South China Sea: Geopolitical Connectedness to the Indian Ocean, Gurpreet S. Khurana 10 European powers and the South China Sea, Felix Heiduk 11 International law, Force and Coercion in the South China Sea, Constantinos Yiallourides 12 Military Build Up in the South China Sea, Derek Grossman 13 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) in the South China Sea, Collin Koh Swee Lean 14 U.S. Employment of Marine Unmanned Vehicles in the South China Sea, Raul (Pete) Pedrozo Conclusion: Do Thanh Hai