The South China Sea: From a Regional Maritime Dispute to Geo-Strategic Competition, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The South China Sea

From a Regional Maritime Dispute to Geo-Strategic Competition, 1st Edition

Edited by Leszek Buszynski, Do Thanh Hai


280 pages

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Hardback: 9780367279479
pub: 2020-01-07
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This book explores the very latest developments in the South China Sea maritime dispute. It examines the South China Sea as an arena for geo-strategic 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 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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

Leszek Buszynski is an Honorary Professor with the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Do Thanh Hai is a Senior Fellow at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

About the Series

Routledge Security in Asia Pacific Series

Series editors: Leszek Buszynski and William Tow, both Australian National University


New security concerns are emerging in the Asia Pacific region as global players face challenges from rising great powers, all of which interact with confident middle powers in complicated ways. This series puts forward important new work on key security issues in the region. It embraces the roles of the major actors, their defense policies and postures and their security interaction over the key issues of the region. It includes coverage of the United States, China, Japan, Russia, the Koreas, as well as the middle powers of ASEAN and South Asia. It also covers issues relating to environmental and economic security as well as transnational actors and regional groupings.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies