The South China Sea: From a Regional Maritime Dispute to Geo-Strategic Competition

1st Edition

Leszek Buszynski, Do Thanh Hai

Routledge
Published December 16, 2019
Reference - 242 Pages
ISBN 9780367279479 - CAT# 310158
Series: Routledge Security in Asia Pacific Series

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Summary

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.

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