Major law and policy issues in the South China Sea are discussed mainly from the perspectives of leading American and European scholars in the study of the complex South China Sea disputes. The issues include regional maritime cooperation and regime building, Southeast Asian countries’ responses to the Chinese assertiveness, China’s historic claims, maritime boundary delimitation and excessive maritime claims, military activities and the law of the sea, freedom of navigation and its impact on the problem, the dispute between Vietnam and China, confidence-building measures and U.S.-Taiwan-China relations in the South China Sea, and Taiwan’s role in the resolution to the South China Sea issues. Over the past three years, there have been several incidents in the South China Sea between the claimants, and also between the claimants and non-claimants over fisheries, collection of seismic data, exploration for oil and gas resources, and exercise of freedom of navigation. Third party concerns and involvement in the South China Sea disputes have been increasing as manifested in actions taken by the United States, India, and Japan. It is therefore important to examine South China Sea disputes from the legal and political perspective and from the view point of American and European experts who have been studying South China Sea issues for many years.
’This collection is an important addition to the literature as it concisely covers the central features of the dispute; regime building and regional cooperation; the relationship dynamics of the relevant States; the strategic interests both within and beyond the South China Sea; and the relevance of models from other regions.’ Ted L. McDorman, University of Victoria, Canada ’This book successfully meets its objective of examining the South China Sea dispute from the legal and political perspectives and from the viewpoints of American and European experts who have been studying the South China Sea issues for years�. The various papers present new and insightful proposals for peacefully managing those disputes worthy of serious consideration by all.’ J. Ashley Roach, Captain, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, US Navy (retired), Office of the Legal Adviser, US Department of State (retired) '... the book provides a good coverage and mix of the issues at hand ... the history of the South China Sea is still being written, and this book forms a valuable part of the ongoing narrative by providing glimpses of the historical perspective of the dispute but more importantly current events and players that will shape the future of the South China Sea.' The International Journal of Maritime History