Maritime Security in East Asia

Cross Currents of Law, Politics and Strategy

By Sam Bateman

© 2016 – Routledge

256 pages

Purchasing Options:
Hardback: 9780415629249
pub: 2016-03-30

About the Book

As global economic power shifts towards Asia, there are increasing concerns about maritime security in the region. This applies especially to the seas of East Asia, which are rich in resources, where there are major shipping lanes, crucial to the world economy, but where there are many unresolved maritime territorial disputes and where good order at sea is lacking. This book, by an established leading authority on the subject, argues that the issues need to be understood equally from legal, political and security perspectives. It takes a pessimistic view, showing how regional powers do not co-operate as well as they might, and how the interventions of external powers are often counterproductive. It puts forward suggestions as to how the situation could be improved, and concludes by discussing how the situation is likely to develop.

Table of Contents

1. The Narrow Seas of East Asia 2. Defining Maritime Security and Threats 3. Interpreting the Law of the Sea 4. Resolving Sovereignty Disputes 5. Finding Fences in the Sea 6. Assessing the Implications of Increased Naval Activity 7. Promoting Maritime Cooperation and Confidence Building (or Building Maritime Regimes) 8. Looking to the Future

About the Author

Sam Bateman is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Australian National University

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 / Ethnic Studies / General