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The South China Sea
A Crucible of Regional Cooperation or Conflict-making Sovereignty Claims?


C. J. Jenner, Tran Truong Thuy, Geoffrey Till, Rodolfo C. Severino, Renato Cruz De Castro, Mark J. Valencia, Alice Ba, Ian Storey, Bonnie Glaser, Vijay Sakhuja, Nguyen Hung Son, Stein Tønnesson, Nguyen Thi Lan Anh, Erik Franckx, Marco Benatar, Robert C. Beckman, Leonardo Bernard, Carlyle A. Thayer, Sukjoon Yoon, Jon M. Van Dyke, Kuan-Hsiung Wang
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  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107441477

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  • The history of the South China Sea is a catalyst of international cooperation and conflict. Security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific is largely governed by command of these strategic waters. More than half of global shipping transits the South China Sea, which also holds significant reserves of oil, gas and minerals, as well as some of the largest fisheries in the world. Drawing on a team of field-leading researchers, Jenner and Thuy provide an empirical study of the global ocean's most contested sea space. The volume's four parts offer an insightful analysis of the significance of the South China Sea to the international order; sub-national agents of influence on relations between states; the disputes over sovereignty through the analytical prism of international law; and the conflictful region's prospects. The primary source-based conclusion elucidates the agency of history and strategy in the South China Sea.

    • Presents an empirical analysis of a core security issue in Asia today
    • Sheds new light on maritime strategies and sovereignty disputes
    • Offers new approaches for highly contentious issues of maritime rights and maritime law
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    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107441477
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: a crucible of regional cooperation or conflict-making sovereignty claims? C. J. Jenner and Tran Truong Thuy
    Part I. Global Dimensions:
    1. The global significance of the South China Sea dispute Geoffrey Till
    2. Global issues and national interests in the South China Sea Rodolfo C. Severino
    3. The Obama administration's strategic rebalancing in Asia: from a diplomatic to a strategic constrainment of an emergent China? Renato Cruz De Castro
    4. The South China Sea and the 'Thucydides trap' Mark J. Valencia
    Part II. Sub-National, National and Regional Interests:
    5. Continuity and change in the South China Sea Alice Ba and Ian Storey
    6. Understanding the evolution of US-China-ASEAN relations: a US perspective Bonnie Glaser
    7. India and the South China Sea Vijay Sakhuja
    8. Domestic politics: the overlooked undercurrent in the South China Sea C. J. Jenner and Nguyen Hung Son
    Part III. International Maritime Law:
    9. The Tonkin Gulf Agreements: a model of conflict resolution? Stein Tønnesson
    10. UNCLOS and maritime security in the South China Sea Nguyen Thi Lan Anh
    11. Straight baselines around insular formations not constituting an archipelagic state Erik Franckx and Marco Benatar
    12. Disputed areas in the South China Sea: prospects for arbitration or advisory opinion Robert C. Beckman and Leonardo Bernard
    Part IV. Towards Conflict or Cooperation:
    13. China's naval modernisation and US strategic rebalancing: implications for stability in the South China Sea Carlyle A. Thayer
    14. Sino-American rivalry in the South China Sea: is it time to form a maritime middle power cooperative? C. J. Jenner and Sukjoon Yoon
    15. Regional cooperation in the South China Sea Jon M. Van Dyke
    16. Fishery disputes and regional cooperation Kuan-Hsiung Wang
    Conclusion: history, strategy and the South China Sea C. J. Jenner

  • Editors

    C. J. Jenner, King's College London
    C. J. Jenner is Research Fellow, King's College London; First Sea Lord Fellow, Royal Navy; and Senior Fellow, Institute for China-America Studies. He holds Master of Studies and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Modern History from the University of Oxford. In addition to his academic work, Dr Jenner undertakes governmental research assignments and contributes to internationally televised documentary series.

    Tran Truong Thuy, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam
    Tran Truong Thuy is Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Foundation for East Sea Studies and concurrently Deputy Director General of the Bien Dong Institute at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV). Before joining the DAV, he worked as a policy analyst at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has written extensively on regional security and maritime issues, and has contributed to a number of reports and policy recommendations for the government and various agencies. Thuy is editor and co-author of The South China Sea: Cooperation for Regional Security and Development (2010) and The South China Sea: Towards a Region of Peace, Security and Cooperation (2011).


    C. J. Jenner, Tran Truong Thuy, Geoffrey Till, Rodolfo C. Severino, Renato Cruz De Castro, Mark J. Valencia, Alice Ba, Ian Storey, Bonnie Glaser, Vijay Sakhuja, Nguyen Hung Son, Stein Tønnesson, Nguyen Thi Lan Anh, Erik Franckx, Marco Benatar, Robert C. Beckman, Leonardo Bernard, Carlyle A. Thayer, Sukjoon Yoon, Jon M. Van Dyke, Kuan-Hsiung Wang

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