Vietnam and the South China Sea: Politics, Security and Legality

1st Edition

Do Thanh Hai

Routledge
Published December 13, 2016
Reference - 262 Pages - 18 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138929975 - CAT# Y203389
Series: Routledge Security in Asia Pacific Series

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Summary

Studies of the escalating tensions and competing claims in the South China Sea overwhelmingly focus on China and its increasingly assertive approach, while the position of the other claimants is overlooked. This book focuses on the attitude of Vietnam towards the South China Sea dispute. It examines the position from a historical perspective, shows how Vietnam’s position is affected by its wish to maintain good relations with China on a range of issues, and outlines how Vietnam has occasionally made overtures to both the United States and Japan in order to bolster its position, and considered the possibility, so far resisted, of taking China to formal arbitration under the auspices of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The book concludes by assessing the future prospects for Vietnam’s position in the dispute.

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